Amherst started its transition to greater diversity about 15 years ago, so they’re probably further along in the process. Also, there is a fair amount of diversity in the town of Amherst itself. A friend of mine, who teaches in the town of Amherst, told me that there are 57 different languages in the Amherst public schools - largely from the children of foreign grad students. UMass also brings in its share of minorities and foreign students in their undergrad student body. The isolation of minorities at places like Haverford and Williams is more likely to breed the problems you’re talking about. IMO.
True. But, I think it only fair to point out that when Tony Marx (then, president of Amherst) presented his proposal to radically open up the recruitment process to include many more of the socio-economically underprivileged (not sure what the woke term is these days), it was understood, in part, as a response to the widespread belief that Amherst was sitting on a ton of money and attracting undue attention to its tax-exempt status.
Have you been following the “Being Black at [fill in the PWI school of your choice]” accounts on Instagram for the last year? BIPOC students, faculty and staff at PWIs across the country share their experiences of racism, isolation, marginalization, etc. I recommend reading this article from The Hechinger Report and following some of these accounts. We have a long way to go and a lot of work to do. 'Black At' Instagram accounts put campus racism on display
Yes, I have.