Petition for African American Professors
On behalf of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, we are requesting that UNCG increase the number of African American professors (both male and female) on campus to a number that is proportionally representative of the African American student body. No student should have to take more than forty courses during their college career and have less than five of those courses be taught by someone of the same race. In a society that is already predicated on marginalizing different groups of people, we must take the initiative to provide every student with an opportunity to learn from someone who looks like them and comes from a similar background. Academic departments such as, but not limited to, Music, Theatre and Political Science have minimal or no African American faculty and/or staff members. Therefore, the UNCG Chapter of the NAACP request that the UNCG administrative body:
1. Provide leaders of different black organizations on campus with equal power and decision-making abilities, as faculty and/or staff members, in the search for African American professors. This includes job interviews, search committees, meetings, and all other parts of the process leading up to the hiring of faculty and staff members(s).
2. Successfully hire a greater number of African American male and female professors that is proportionally representative of the African American student body
3. Promote the concerns that African American students have about the present lack of diversity in various departments on campus
through mass emails, open on-campus forums, and other avenues.