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Inequitable Treatment of Blacks Along With a Lack of Cultural Diversity Plague UND

 


STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND

The University of North Dakota's administrators repeatedly demonstrate hostility to anyone they perceive as different then themselves. Not only do they deliberately isolate the black students, UND administrators label anyone the perceive as different  then themselves as 'crazy' or 'unsuitable', lie about the individual and do everything they can to stop that person from doing their job. Ultimately, they destroy the person's career and often their financial integrity.


STUDENTS AND UNIVERSITY NEED TO DO MORE TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY, BLACK STUDENTS SAY

UNIVERSITY'S COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, TREATMENT OF NON-WHITES STILL QUESTIONABLE

Isolation can be a common feeling for students coming to a college in an unfamiliar place. It can be particularly difficult for black students who come to a university that is as white as the snow that covers UND's campus for most of the school year.

UND has 96 students who identify themselves as black, according to enrollment analysis. The problem is, says Multicultural Student Services Director M.C. Diop, those 96 students do not know each other.

Editor's note:  UND administrators had difficulties with the ethnicity of the center's numerous past directors. This led to BOMB THREATS. The University of North Dakota closed the Black Cultural Center leaving its Black student population with no UND sanctioned place to gather. UND has since reopened the Center under the name 'Multicultural', but it is still the 'Black Student' Center. I believe that the low attendance is due to a pervasive lack of University support. Black Cultural events are not posted on the UND web pages, flyers are often delivered late after events have already occurred and/or thrown out in the snow when delivered, and UND departments toss event flyers instead of posting them on bulletin boards. 

References: Published on 02/16/98, AGWEEK And Grand Forks Herald


REPORT: HIRE CULTURAL COORDINATOR
CONSULTANTS PROPOSE SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS AT ERA BELL THOMPSON

A pair of consultants have concluded that the best way to solve long-standing problems at UND's Era Bell Thompson
Multicultural Center would be to hire a new director of multicultural student programs and locate that person somewhere
other than in the student center. The center went through two directors in two years, was closed for a time,
then was operated most of last year by students. 

Published on 09/08/96, Grand Forks Herald


UND FAILED TO SUPPORT CENTER DIRECTOR

I am having a problem when an institution of higher learning starts using underhanded tactics (``Era Bell Center closed'') . I have a problem when an institution of higher learning thinks it can lie to people and hide it, and thinks that the truth never will come forth.

The problem with Dr. Sandy Hoagland's leadership of the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center was that he never got any support from UND and was undermined at almost every turn.

Published on 04/08/95, Grand Forks Herald


THE BEST REMEDY? STUDENTS NOT IN AGREEMENT ON UND'S CLOSING THE CULTURAL CENTER

Most minority students at UND felt closing the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center will leave them without a place to gather.  Some students summed it up this way. "The good ole boys who run this place don't like the center because we are not like they are...our skin is black." Many students believed the center's director was deliberately placed in a bad position designed to cause unbearable stress and tension...a way to 'run him off'.

Director Sandy Hoagland is resigning as a result of those tensions. Hoagland will be given special research assignments in student services until he leaves UND on May 31. His duties will be split in the meantime by Lillian Elsinga and Gerald Bulisco, assistant dean.

References: Published April 1995 Grand Forks Herald, Fargo ForumPublished April 1995 Grand Forks Herald, Fargo Forum, UND Students


ERA BELL CENTER CLOSED

UND's student affairs office closed the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center Thursday and began moving its services to other places on campus.

Gordon Henry, UND vice president of student affairs, said the action was precipitated by the resignation of the center's director, Sandy Hoagland. He has held the post less than a year since coming to UND from Ames, Iowa, where he was a research consultant.

Published on 04/07/95, Grand Forks Herald

ANOTHER CULTURAL CENTER DIRECTOR QUITS
UND'S COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY QUESTIONED

The director of UND's Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center has resigned suddenly after just less than a year in the student affairs post.

Sandy Hoagland Wednesday confirmed reports he had resigned, effective May 31, but he gave ``no comment'' as to why.

Published on 04/06/95, HERALD


TONI SCOTT HAS BEEN NURSE, DRUG COUNSELOR, MISSIONARY
HER NEXT CHALLENGE: MAKE GF MORE AWARE OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY AT UND

A former missionary, nurse and drug counselor has taken over a newly expanded minority student affairs post at UND.

Toni Scott says she hopes she can help make the campus and the Grand Forks community more aware of the cultural diversity at UND. She'll also encourage students from minority groups to get more active on and off campus.

Published on 09/08/1991, GRAND FORKS HERALD


UNIVERSITY CULTURAL SERVICES UND OFFICIAL QUITS UNDER CLOUD

Toni Scott, a UND cultural services coordinator who has suspended because of student complaints, submitted her resignation Wednesday .

Personnel Director Fred MacGregor said Scott will leave UND June 30 and will stay on the payroll until then with a different assignment in student affairs. He gave no details.

Published on 04/15/93, Grand Forks Herald


EMPLOYEE INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE AT UND

UND officials are continuing separate-investigations into the cases of two employees who were suspended with pay earlier this month.

Dr. Edwin James, dean of the medical school, said he expected to make a decision by next Thursday or Friday concerning Gary Faris, director of the Indians into Medicine program. Faris was put on leave Feb. 8, while UND conducts an internal audit of his funds.

This follows the firing of Toni Scott, suspected of embezzling funds as well. UND will be looking for a new Director. In the interim, her duties will be taken over by Lillian Elsinga, the Dean of Students.

 

Published on 02/20/93, Grand Forks Herald


SECOND OFFICIAL AT UND SUSPENDED

The coordinator at UND's Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center has been suspended, with pay, while the student affairs office conducts an investigation.

Dean of Students Lillian Elsinga said Thursday she had put Toni Scott "on leave" after receiving a student complaint. She said her investigation would be completed soon, and she would give no details at this point.

Published on 02/12/93, Grand Forks Herald


MINORITIES HARD TO GET, HARD TO KEEP AT UND

If Yolanda King had her way,  all students going to college in the United States would be required to take a course on minority cultures. That  was one of the must emphatic points  daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. made during a student
funded speaking-appearance at UND last week.

Published on 03/03/91, Grand Forks Herald

The treatment of minorities, and in fact, non-North Dakotans at UND can only be described as nothing short of abusive. As of this writing (12/9/99), nothing has changed at UND.


FALSE STORY UPSETS SOME IN BLACK COMMUNITY
STEREOTYPES ARE HURTFUL

An untrue story this past week about an armed black man abducting a young girl in Grand Forks was hurtful to the community's black people and promoted negative stereotypes of black men, some Grand Forks resident say.

"It promotes the stereotype of black men committing crimes, of having fancy cars," said Mary Ahmed, a black woman who is an adjunct professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Published on 12/19/1993, GRAND FORKS HERALD


HERBERT JONES TAKES OVER BLACK STUDENT PROGRAMS

Herbert Jones will start today as the new coordinator of black student programs at UND.

Jones 38, was the only one interviewed for the position last month. He was one of 10 applicants and one of two asked to interview. The other applicant withdrew.

Published on 08/23/88, GRAND FORKS HERALD


UND'S BLACK STUDENT PROGRAM COORDINATOR LEAVES UND

UND is searching for a new Black Student Programs coordinator to replace Jacqueline Skinner, who left last week to take a job as assistant dean of students at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington.
A seven-member search committee has reduced the number of candidates to three out of nine applicants, according to Vickie Hampton-Mitzel, who co-chairs the committee.

Published on 06/25/88, Grand Forks Herald


SCHOOL BOARD SHOULDN'T CUT KING'S BIRTHDAY FOR HOCKEY

If it eliminates Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday as a holiday, the Grand Forks School Board no longer can be a decision-making model in education.

This would be a fatal blow to this community and a setback in education. We've come too far in this community in breaking down some of the racial barriers. Why must we turn back now? For this idea to be even considered, one must question the racial makeup of the board

Published on 01/26/1996, HERALD


BIGOTRY, HARASSMENT FROM LEWIS AND CLARK STUDENTS

In this country, we are witnessing the birth of a new generation of youth, part of a different type of family structure called street gangs. Their family value system through street teaching centers on violence, thievery, guns, drinking and drugs. This new value system from the street is destroying the lives of youths, families and communities.

Today, we are challenged to rise above the narrow confines of our individual concerns to broader concerns involving the youths within this community. 

Published on 03/24/1996, HERALD


CARTOON ENEMY
WOMAN TAKES COMIC BOOK FIGHT TO CONGRESS, TV

A woman who attempted to purchase all available Greater Grand Forks copies of a comic book that she says promotes racial hatred to young children apparently will see her concerns reach Congress and national television.

Mary Williams-Ahmed, who says that comics promoting racism and containing violence and sexually explicit material ``should not be considered nutritious reading'' for young people, will be interviewed for a possible feature on TV's ``A Current Affair.''

Published on 07/27/1995, HERALD


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