African Americans make up just 5.2 percent of the undergraduate study body at the University of Delaware. Blacks are 3.4 percent of all graduate students at the state’s flagship university. Slightly more than 4 percent of the faculty at the university are African Americans. In contrast, African Americans make up 21 percent of the state’s population.
After the Middle States Commission on Higher Education called out the university for its lack of racial diversity, the board of trustees of the University of Delaware voted to increase institutional efforts to correct the situation. The President’s Diversity Initiative will develop plans for recruiting more minority students and faculty members. The board also created the Center for the Study of Diversity that will investigate the campus climate for racial minorities.
James M. Jones, professor of psychology and Black American studies at the university, will serve as director of the new center. Dr. Jones is a graduate of Oberlin College. He earned a master’s degree from Temple University and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University.