Make Providence College an inclusive, welcoming, and diverse community.

Make Providence College an inclusive, welcoming, and diverse community.

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Providence College Students for Diversity, Inclusion, Justice and Community started this petition to president of college and

Providence College has many racial and social-economic issues present within its community:

1. Low Diversity Levels both in students and faculty populations. Every classroom has a disproportionate level of white to POC ratio. We also lack students of under-represented backgrounds ex: low income, first-generation college students, immigrants, international students, etc.

Demographic Data: https://www.forbes.com/colleges/providence-college/#24c5e3be6b56

Little Class Interaction Ranking (Princeton Review): https://www.forbes.com/colleges/providence-college/#24c5e3be6b56

2017 Article: https://www.golocalprov.com/news/pc-ranked-most-segregated-college-by-princeton-review

2. Ranked as the 3rd worst college in terms of race class interaction. White Students and Students of Color do not interact! The white students claim to have an "eye-opening experience" while at PC, yet the students of color only are opened to why their white peers see them as less. Social Events, Programs, opportunities at PC at either white or for students of color, there is no "community".

3. People of color at Providence College do not have a voice. There is no office that directly supports students of underrepresented backgrounds.

4. Racist or discriminatory incidents are not treated seriously. 

5. Many faculty members are racist, known to be racist, and avoided by students because they are racists.

6. The Civ Program Reminds us of the discrimination that has happened throughout history, yet every seminar white students struggle to talk about racism and other forms of discrimination. People of Color feel out of place in Civ too. 

7. White students automatically assume that surrounding neighborhoods are dangerous simply because they are predominantly black or Latino. For example Chad Brown. 

8. Racial Biases Against Students Of Color by Residence Life, Student Affairs, Office Of Public Safety and their EMTs.

9. We had the opportunity to elect a President of Color for the first time in history who could address these issues, yet the board elected a white male to continue the tradition. Nothing against Fr. Sicard, he is great, but he will never know what it is like to be treated as the smaller race. He should have understood this before running for President. Electing a President of Color would have brought attention to these issues and empowered the POC population on campus as well. 

 

Other Information/ Links:

PC Coalition Against Racism says Providence College Elementary and Special Education department discriminates based on race, ethnicity and bi-lingual status   ( https://upriseri.com/2019-09-18-pc-car/  )

Providence College professor says diversity efforts are stifling the college's religious mission: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/11/09/providence-college-professor-says-diversity-efforts-are-stifling-colleges-religious

Bottles Thrown at Black Students by White Students at Providence College, According to Reports -- 2016: https://www.golocalprov.com/news/bottles-thrown-at-black-students-by-white-students-at-providence-college-ac

PC’s president: In the wake of racial bias incidents, college’s efforts insufficient (2017) : https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20171026/pcs-president-in-wake-of-racial-bias-incidents-colleges-efforts-insufficient

Student Related Comments (Unigo) Read Through: https://www.unigo.com/colleges/providence-college/q-and-a/describe-the-students-at-your-school-6/5

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