Diversity Attracts Students to Winthrop

Nicole E. Smith, Herald Online, April 15, 2012

Sheila McMillan regularly receives calls from students thinking about attending Winthrop University.

The Columbia attorney gives them many reasons, but one stands out—diversity.

“I’m proud of them,” McMillan said of her alma mater. “They have the highest intake of minorities in a predominantly white university here in the state. To me, that is a very positive statement.”


Winthrop today is a school of about 6,000 students. Minorities make up about 35 percent of the enrollment, of which about 27 percent are black.

Back in 1989—the year McMillan became the first black member of the Winthrop Board of Trustees—the percentage of black students on campus was significantly lower—9 percent.

That was also the year trustees hired Anthony DiGiorgio as president.

McMillan and others say the mission to increase the black population on campus—and therefore, the diversity—can be traced back to DiGiorgio’s arrival.


DiGiorgio announced last month his plans to retire next year after what would be 24 years with the university. While recounting what he considers his educational successes, he discussed the efforts to boost minority enrollment.

“We very intentionally set out as a goal,” he said, “to have the Winthrop University student body represent the graduating high school population in an ethnic sense, in a racial sense.”

His goal was laid out in the university’s “Vision of Distinction,” a blueprint for the future that also included plans to upgrade and add buildings.

The mission was campus-wide, said Frank Ardaiolo, Winthrop’s vice president of student life.

“He gave the charge to make Winthrop University the institution of choice for African-Americans in South Carolina,” he said. {snip}


Each department has responsibilities and a plan to answer the question, “What are you going to do to appreciate diversity?”

Admissions office and campus representatives visit majority-black high schools, which are typically under-represented at the state’s universities “to let students know this is the place for them,” Ardaiolo said.

Prospective students who are black also can speak with Winthrop representatives who are of the same race.

DiGiorgio said those efforts also involved meeting with community leaders and attending dinners at mostly black churches.


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  • Knuckle Dragger

    …better stock up on campus police, sexual assault evidence collection kits, deadbolts, EBT-friendly merchants, rent-controlled housing, school nurses…that “diversity” don’t come cheap.

    • Rocky Bass

       You sure said a mouthful DIEversity ain’t cheap, not by a long shot!

  • Drinking game:

    “Diverse” or “Diversity.”

    Ten times, if you read this whole article in its original form.  The Charlotte Observer version of this used them 24 times.

  • JackKrak

    Diversity as a reason for attending a university?

    Yeah, tell me another one.

  • Why is it just assumed that you need non-Whites for diversity?

    What if a campus had a few thousand White people apiece from France, Italy, Germany, Australia, Canada and the UK? Sounds really diverse to me. But nope, diversity=anti-White

    • Knuckle Dragger

      …spot-on. No concern for diversity in the NBA or Nash-null Fuhball Leeg…

  • white_privilege_stigmata

    Schools that sell their putrid souls for Diversity only lower their standards and chase away the most qualified, self-respecting, least masochistic White students. The overall campus slides downward toward the lowest common denominator- foul negroidity.

    Look at Oglethorpe in Atlanta. Long ago, they were respected. Now, they are all about Diversity. They almost lost their accreditation recently, only saved at the last second by the agency’s lowering its standards to allow Oglethorpe some “cultural credits” for its overwhelming commitment to Diversity. The liberals who run the accreditation agencies will never hurt a White college that is turning itself black. Progress can’t be punished.


    “If it helps blacks, it’s good. If it helps blacks and hurts whites, it’s better.”

    -Rev. Jed DeValleyism, “Understanding Diversity on campus after Eve Carson,” 2009

  • bubo

    My mom’s alma mater.   Of course, when she went there it was an all female school.   Now it’s crawling with black males.   Progress, huh?

    • white_privilege_stigmata

      Progress is when the White girls say “Making White babies is a hate crime against global dignity.”

  • deadindenver

    Excellent, now I know where not to go.

  • No

    Since when is 27% black representation considered “DIVERSITY” in a nation that’s only 12.5% black?  

    Oh wait, I forgot . . . this is South Carolina and the place is  infested . . . 30% black.   Columbia is 42% black.

    Looks like Winthrop still has a ways to go before catching up to local stats and hitting absolute rock bottom.

    The good news is that with all those blacks, their academic scores will suck and no intelligent white will apply.  That leaves plenty of room for mudsharks and zombie liberals to receive the kind of  “education” that only bestial blacks can share.

    Winthrop may very well be a future source of white racialists . . . especially females . . . once they get out of the hospital and get over their PTSD.

  • anmpr1

    With that many blacks matriculating I hope Winthrop has enough physics, chemistry, higher math, and engineering profs to keep up with the demand.

  • deadindenver

    It does appear they have the full range of “Victim Studies” including all the sure fire standards: African American, Women, Sustainability and the creme da la creme Peace, Justice and Conflict Resolution Studies. 

  • Luis

    But I thought Winthrop was a HBCU, like Grambling or Alcorn State. So out of 6,000 students, around 1,600 are black. The football and basketball teams are around 99.9% black.

    NO WONDER, I thought Winthrop was a HBCU. I thought the same of Georgetown too, based on their basketball team.