Last semester, members of the University of Michigan's Black Students United began campaigning for increased diversity at the predominantly white institution (PWI). The fight for increased diversity and tolerance began when students began posting on twitter under the hashtag #BBUM (being black at U of M). In January of this year, U of M's Black Students United released a list of seven demands in the hopes of bettering the racial climate of the school.
The group’s seven demands were read by senior Erick Gavin:
- We demand that the university give us an equal opportunity to implement change, the change that complete restoration of the BSU purchasing power through an increased budget would obtain.
- We demand available housing on central campus for those of lower socio-economic status at a rate that students can afford, to be a part of university life, and not just on the periphery.
- We demand an opportunity to congregate and share our experiences in a new Trotter [Multicultural Center] located on central campus.
- We demand an opportunity to be educated and to educate about America’s historical treatment and marginalization of colored groups through race and ethnicity requirements throughout all schools and colleges within the university.
- We demand the equal opportunity to succeed with emergency scholarships for black students in need of financial support, without the mental anxiety of not being able to focus on and afford the university's academic life.
- We demand increased exposure of all documents within the Bentley (Historical) Library. There should be transparency about the university and its past dealings with race relations.
- We demand an increase in black representation on this campus equal to 10 percent.