April 21, 2016
I applaud The Sun for calling attention to the importance of having college faculty members who are representative of the students they teach ("Minority faculty still underrepresented on Maryland campuses, straining professors and students," April 17). I can attest to both the challenge of looking for minority role models and the extra duties that face minority faculty members.
It's more important than ever for the higher education community to address these challenges head on. Colleges and university administrators already have some of their most diverse student bodies ever. According to the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, from 1976 to 2012, the percentage of Hispanic postsecondary students rose from 4 to 15 percent and the percentage of black students rose from 10 to 15 percent.
College is a time of self-exploration and identity development, so it's critical that students have role models and mentors to whom they can relate. Recent events nationwide and in Baltimore have concentrated our focus at Goucher College to re-evaluate ourselves and our culture in terms of how we're ensuring accessibility and equity on campus in everything we do.