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Students plan to discuss diversity with forum today

Students concerned with diversity at VSU will get a chance to express their opinions at a forum Thursday in the UC Classroom 1144 at 7 p.m.

A group of sociology students have made the decision to create a forum that highlights thoughts on whether or not VSU is diverse enough.

This is an attempt to allow students to have a voice and say whether or not they would like to see more diversity within organizations, administration and the student body.

Students will also be able to seize the opportunity to give their own definition of what they feel diversity really is.

Maggie Viverette, director of the Office of Social Equity, will be the guest speaker.

As part of its research, the group has compiled a survey online for students to answer.

Questions concern a student’s age, gender, classification, ethnicity and major. Through this survey, a person is also asked if he or she feels like diversity issues exist here on campus.

The student enrollment at VSU has not changed much since fall 2010 as far as ethnicity is concerned.

In fall 2010, 59.3 percent of enrolled students were Caucasians as opposed to fall 2011 when the enrollment for Caucasians is currently at 57.9 percent. African-Americans fall at 30.6 percent in fall 2010 while they are at 31.6 percent in fall 2011.

The combined percentages for all other ethnicities in fall 2010 are 10 percent and 10.5 percent in fall 2011.

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