Race Relations on Campus Database

Periodically, JBHE Weekly Bulletin will publish a selection of racial incidents that have occurred on the campuses of colleges and universities. Here are the latest incidents:

• All students at the University of California at San Diego received an e-mail from the administration about an upcoming survey. One recipient of the e-mail sent a racially charged “Reply All” response to all who received the original message. The subject line in the unauthorized reply message was “Penis.” The sole content of the e-mail message was the word “niggers” in capital letters. (San Diego Union-Tribune, 2-26-11)

• A gynecologist at Meharry Medical College in Nashville has filed a race discrimination lawsuit against the institution. The doctor, who is of Arab descent, claims he was recruited by the medical school so that it could win a $21 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. But, according to the suit, when the grant was secured, the medical college replaced him as project director with a black doctor. The professor also claims that administrators made disparaging comments about Muslims and Arabs. (Associated Press, 3-3-11)

• A swastika and a racial slur were written in the dust on the car of a staff member at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. In a second incident, two swastikas were found written inside a dormitory on campus. (Easton Express Times, 3-9-11)