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Black Student Enrollment On The Rise At Ole Miss

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Enrollment of black students is steadily increasing at the University of Mississippi, but Ole Miss director of admissions, Whitman Smith, said the university still has a long way to go.
While more than 13 percent of Ole Miss students are black, Smith said the percentage doesn’t accurately reflect his goal. 
“My goal would be for the population of the university to reflect the population of the state, which is 37 percent African American,” Smith said. “So, we’re a long way from where we need to be.”
Ole Miss student Breanna Wade believes that inclusion is not only the university’s responsibility, but rather every student has the responsibility to foster a welcoming environment. 
Wade said she sees people who are different from her often, but inclusion is about seeing past those differences. 
She said, “I think the university does a good job in helping us see past the outer appearance.” 


By Alexandria Paton and Kyra Henderson. 

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