The Human Relations Committee 2006 (HRC) here at Middlebury College recently released a report on diversity. The chances that any Middlebury student actually read a portion of the 43 page PDF document is quite slim. So, I’ll go ahead and give you a few highlights so you don’t need to go through reading all of it.
First, above is the enrollment of students of color as a percentage of the total enrollment. As you can see Midd’s physical diversity is improving. On another chart, Midd’s overall numbers of students of color have gone up 7.3%, the number of international students have gone up 1%, and the number of “caucasian” students have gone down from 77.5% to 68.3% since 1994. The report makes quite a ridiculous comparison to national percentage of caucasians at 75.1% of the United States population. More specifically, though, the percentage of Asian Americans have doubled with moderate gains for Hispanics as well. The report does point out the inconsistencies across ethnic and racial groups (as well as the recent falling numbers of Asian Americans and Hispanics — downward trend), calling for “greater focus and outreach by our community.”
The report also addresses faculty and staff diversity. Faculty numbers indicate gains that are “small and appear[ing] unstable.” Staff diversity is probably the worst of the three with 93.05% of the staff of the college identifying themselves as “caucasian.” That excludes the 5% who reported “other / did not report.” Chances are the number is even higher. Okay, so the percentage is lower than the state of Vermont (the whitest state in the U.S.) but is considerably higher than national (if they really want to use that comparison) percentage of caucasian at 75.1%.
This part of the report represents just a sliver of what the HRC comments on but often the hard numbers are quite revealing. I will follow up on some of the other portions of the report here soon, especially in connection to the PALANA House. Highlights include the 35 recommendations of the committee to the President of the school.