A few weeks ago, we reported on students at UCLA protesting the paucity of black male students on campus. Now, students at the University of Cincinnati are protesting for the very same reason.
A week and a half ago, Ronald Jackson, who had been appointed dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, resigned after a year and a half on the job. Last week, students demonstrated to show their displeasure with the school’s lack of diversity, even going as far to warn prospective students not to attend the “racist” university.
Friday’s rally wrapped up a racially charged week that started Tuesday when Jackson resigned effective immediately. His year-and-a-half tenure as dean of UC’s largest college — with 8,028 students and more than 390 tenured or tenure-track faculty members — was riddled with controversy.
Jackson had a series of questionable racial run-ins during his tenure.
In early September, a racist cartoon depicting Jackson and Carol Tonge Mack, A&S Recruitment and Retention Initiatives assistant dean, made its way around campus through a faculty email.
Some faculty members did not approve of Jackson’s appointment to the position, and voiced their opposition when he received a initial bonus upon accepting the position.
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