Posted on October 11, 2013

University of Michigan Students Hit the Diag to Rally for More Racial Diversity on Campus

Kellie Woodhouse, Michigan Live, October 10, 2013

University of Michigan students rallied for more diversity on the Ann Arbor campus on Tuesday, a week before the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether or not the state’s ban on affirmative action is legal.

Most of the 50-plus students who gathered on the Diag between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. were black or hispanic.

“The community here is really lacking in diversity,” said junior mathematics major Michael Leon Chrzan, who is biracial. He noted that the percentage of blacks who make up U-M’s freshman class has dropped by a third over the past six years. “We need to become more committed and more persistent to increase those numbers again, because a less diverse community is hurting everyone.”