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March 11, 2003

Russian students diversify a black college

This article in The New York Times is worth a close read, it's about Russians who enroll at Alcorn State, a historically black college in Mississipi.

Posted by razib at 10:30 PM

my sister wants to do a grad course in photography, but her undergrad major was philosophy, and she has a grad degree in computer science... does anyone know of any schools that don't have a high bar for entry into the photography graduate program?? i told her about this NYT article too... i was wondering if people out there know about more such cases of colleges desperate for diversity... she's asian...

thanks and cheers!!

Posted by: someone at March 12, 2003 02:21 AM

with all the references to partying and drinking in that article, I'm surprised the author was able to resist the temptation to make some comment about "black russians."

oh well, it's good that Alcorn is bypassing the skin-deep kind of diversification and admitting international students who will actually provide the benefit that mere race-based diversity claims to provide: teaching students to interact at close range with people from different cultures.

Posted by: Eric at March 12, 2003 10:49 AM

The net effect may be true cultural diversity rather than 'mere race-based diversity', but it's not due to noble intentions on the part of the university - the article notes that they can't get full control of their state settlement (hundreds of millions of dollars) until they achieve a ten percent non-black enrollment. Currently white enrollment stands at 8-something percent. So they offered full scholarships to poor Russians and others who mainly wanted to get to America - to quote the article:
"It's not the best school, but just to get to the States — " said Dmitryi Chernyshev, 18, a sophomore, biding his time in the student union between midterm exams.
"It's worse than the education we had in Russia," said Alex Alexandrov, 20, a senior. "But it's America."

Some positive effects, but overall not a model I would try to emulate.

Posted by: bbartlog at March 12, 2003 11:46 AM

Yeah, I was actually surprised at the overall negative tone of the article, coming from the "diversity at all costs" people at the NYT...

Posted by: jimbo at March 12, 2003 03:59 PM

"Yeah, I was actually surprised at the overall negative tone of the article, coming from the "diversity at all costs" people at the NYT..."

Whites aren't diverse,they are the ones who need diversity to teach them compassion,tolerance,acceptance,etc........

(sarcasm off)

Posted by: M. at March 13, 2003 06:11 AM