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Group demands more diversity at Susquehanna University

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Feb 2, 2016 4:27 AM
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Kurtz Lane, Academic Row at Susquehanna University. (Courtest of Wikkimedia Commons user Janey Apfelbaum)

(Selinsgrove) -- Many midstate colleges have faced calls to address diversity on their campuses.

Now, the movement is spreading to Susquehanna University.

A group called Concerned Student 1964 recently sent a letter to the administration at the Snyder County school with about 2,200 students.

The group, which has not identified members and declined to speak over the phone, says more African Americans should be hired as faculty, and the school should recruit in cities in the Northeast.

It gives a deadline of March first for the college to respond.

Linda McMillin, Susquehanna's provost, says it's been having discussions about diversity for years.

She says the school wants to meet with the members of the group Concerned Student 1964, but doesn't know who they are.

"We want to continue to make progress. We want to be an institution that reflects the composition of our larger country," says McMillin. "I think we are a place that prides ourself on open conversation, and sometimes we fall short of that, but I think we're really dedicated to being a place where open and honest dialogue can take place."

A dozen university staff members recently received racist and deregatory messages, and the FBI is investigating.

Other midstate schools have faced criticism about a lack of diversity this year, including Dickinson College and Lebanon Valley College.

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