University of Maryland draws controversy for separating Asian students from ‘students of color’

What happened: The graphic was shown during a presentation by Daryll Pines, the university’s president, for the university senate “State of the Campus” report on Nov. 10, according to Fox News.

The graphic gave statistical data on freshmen admission and enrollment between the fall of 2017 and 2021. The lower part of the illustration showed the separation of students into two groups titled “Students of Color, minus Asian” and “White or Asian students.”

“[The university uses] us when they want to be diverse, and then not [use us in data] when they don’t want to,” President of the South Asian Student Association Anish Kakarla said via The Diamondback. Kakarla also pointed out that the wording of the graphic, which “made it to a University Senate meeting without anyone changing it,” is evidence that “people are not aware of those issues just yet, and there’s still more work to do.”

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