A call for Bowdoin to recruit African American students – The Bowdoin Orient


May 4, 2018

This piece represents the opinion of the author.

Jenny Ibsen

In 1954, Brown v. Board of Education determined that the racial segregation of schools is unconstitutional. Discussions of “affirmative action” in the context of admission into federally-funded programs emerged in the 1960s. In the subsequent decades, educational spaces across the United States began to admit African American students and students of other marginalized groups at a slow but steadily increasing pace. Colleges and universities, like Bowdoin, have sought out female students, LGBT+ students, students of color, low-income students, first-generation students and international students to diversify their student bodies. Institutions of higher learning are more…

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