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Though American colleges have wrestled with a variety of challenges at different times, the one constant problem has been anti-Black racism. It is a focus at the symposium. University of Dayton alumni articulated many challenges faced by Black students on campus. Representing different generations, speakers discussed their UD experience, and irrespective of the decade in which they were students at the University, their descriptions of marginalization were strikingly similar. Currently enrolled Black students told similar stories to those discussed decades ago. Unable to fully integrate themselves into campuswide culture, Black students easily found solace in the multicultural office. Alumni spoke of feelings of loneliness, isolation, and marginalization on campus. Given that campus values are driven by institutional structures, as long as those structures remain unreformed, little will change. The administration must be bold, vigorous, and result-oriented in its anti-Black racism actions.

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Higher Education | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies

Symposium Conclusion: Gradualism Is No Longer Workable in the Anti-Black Racism Struggle