What I Learned at Notre Dame about Diversity

By Marc Conklin '91

“African-American History” was the only class I would have at Notre Dame — or any educational institution — with equal numbers of black and white students. Racial tensions ran relatively high at ND in 1991. A group called SUFR (Students United for Respect) had formed, and in a few weeks about 100 of its black and Hispanic members would hold a 12-hour sit-in outside the registrar’s office to demand, among other things, a multicultural center, compulsory black and Latin American studies courses, more minority faculty and an anti-harassment policy.…

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