Welcome to English-speaking white American students

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has prominent and expansive “diversity” programs favoring blacks, Hispanics, American Indians, Asians and assorted, odd sexually-oriented students with special programs, facilities and recognition not given other students. (link)

One discriminatory program called “Centro Hispano” visions UNCW becoming “The University of Choice for Hispanic students, faculty, and staff.” Presumably, UNCW administrators want the university to become a Hispanic institution. Habla usted espanol?

In the interest of “inclusion” of other groups not now officially recognized at UNCW and without special university facilities and support, I suggest a mission statement worded similar to that of Centro Hispano, substituting the name of a group of disenfranchised English-speaking students I call White American Separated People (WASP):

Mission

The mission of WASP is to nurture students into becoming strong leaders, representative of all the core values of UNCW, through the promotion of academic excellence, cultural representation, and leadership development.

WASP serves as a link between students and all available resources needed for their academic growth, as well as for their development as future professionals.

We focus on embracing and nurturing diversity, on developing student leadership, and on promoting best practices and best use of resources needed for academic success.

Our emphasis on diversity is exemplified by our goal of increasing the representation of the diversity within the WASP culture through students, faculty, staff, campus events, curriculum, and community engagement.

Our focus on WASP leadership development provides students with enrichment opportunities including leadership conference, leadership seminars and certificates, as well as leadership roles within our campus and community. (link)

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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