UO students of color discuss their college experience

University of Oregon students of color discuss their struggles and triumphs at college.

EUGENE, Ore. - University of Oregon and community members gathered today for the speaker series "The Neglected Few: Students of Color and Their Experience on the UO Campus".

The event was hosted by the City Club of Eugene and held in the Downtown Athletic Club.

The event invited four Oregon undergraduate student leaders to discuss their experiences as student of color on campus.

The panel represented a diverse collection of undergraduate student leaders involved in supporting other students of color.

Speakers included Perla Alvarez of MEChA: Movimiento Estudiantil Chican de Aztlan; Dante Haruna of Queer-Trans People of Color; Shaniece Curry of Black Women of Achievement and Gerald Jakabosky, Co Director of the APASU: Asian Pacific American Student Union.

The student representatives discussed how people students of color and members of minority groups can impact their college experiences. The students explained they felt they had more obstacles to success as students of color at the University of Oregon.

"Anti-black racism is something that has been permeating the campus since 1917. And that's when U of O admitted its first black student Mabel Byrd," senior Shaniece Curry said.

The speakers proposed solutions for University officials that might make college life easier and more productive for students of color. Some of the solutions included hiring more diverse faculty and hosting cultural competency training.

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