It’s UNC’s worst kept secret. Our University is a predominately white institution, and students of color on this campus are acutely aware of this, leading many to feel uncomfortable and isolated on campus.
This was proven in the 2016 UNC Inclusion and Diversity Climate Survey, which stated, according to Friday’s Daily Tar Heel, that among undergraduates “63.1 percent of people identifying as Black or African American, 30.2 percent of people identifying as Latino or Hispanic and 8.5 percent of people identifying as white strongly agreed or agreed with the statement: ‘I feel isolated in class because of the absence or low representation of people like me.’”
Although Chancellor Carol Folt sent an email in 2016 that the results would be published, the University didn’t release the results until a Daily Tar Heel inquiry this semester.
The timing of these results coincide with the extension granted to Folt and the Board of Trustees regarding Silent Sam. Much like the leadership surrounding Silent Sam and the aftermath of the statue’s fall, the results of the survey were, instead of addressed and met with a conclusion that will benefit minority students, stalled.
The Editorial Board has addressed the lack of leadership regarding Silent Sam throughout the semester, but liked to believe that the University’s leadership had the best interest of students of color, at least to some small extent. The lack of transparency with the racial climate survey showed that the University refuses to even acknowledge the discomfort and trauma minority students feel, whether it be microaggressions in the classroom or the former presence of a Confederate statue at the forefront of campus.