The Movement at Lehigh University

We are a student-led group working to promote diversity, acceptance, and understanding within the Lehigh community. Our goal is to create an environment where all students, faculty, and staff can feel welcome to express their individuality in a safe community atmosphere.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand why we should accept applications based on their ethnicity and not purely academic record. Why don't you protest the reporting of ethnicity on college applications? Because race shouldn't matter, right?

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Vanessa Steinmetz said...

If this is about diversity, then why are white people being discriminated against? Why does being for diversity mean being against caucasions? And if this is about diversity, why do your shirts only have African-American stereotypes on them? This just seems like an excuse to protest to me. And I thoroughly agree with the last comment about protesting against the reporting of ethnicity on college applications.

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Michelle Brinker said...

In response to Anonymous – I wholeheartedly agree with you that race should not matter in any application process; however, society has deep rooted inequalities that effect mostly minorities. On a macro level - affirmative action would not be necessary if our education system really provided everyone, regardless of economic status (which often goes hand-in-hand with racial status), with equality opportunity. On a micro level (Lehigh) – It is important to realize that Lehigh’s problem is not derived from the reporting of ethnicity on college applications. Lehigh’s problem is that it does not attract a large enough percentage of minorities to be truly diverse. A number of minorities that do apply and get accepted often choose not to come to Lehigh because of its lack of diversity. These circumstances can be seen as an endless cycle. It is this cycle that The Movement aims to end. Ideally, promoting diversity across campus will result not only in a change of mentality but also in more diversity when it comes to those students that not only apply to Lehigh but those that actually attend (and stay at) Lehigh.

In respose to Vanessa Steinmetz – First and foremost, it is important to note that The Movement did not create the sit-in. The sit-in was created and carried out by the Multicultural club; however, The Movement did support the cause and many members participated. Being for diversity does not mean being against Caucasians and The Movement has never implied this. A majority of our members, including myself, are Caucasian. I personally feel that it is extremely important for white students to join The Movement and the fight for diversity/equality not only at Lehigh but in society all together. Anyone of any type of “privilege” (whether it be racial privilege, class privilege or educational privilege) should use their privilege to help others. Just because one is born into privilege does not mean that one deserves it, like anything else you should earn it and use it to help others. When it comes to protesting, there is never a need for an excuse because there is usually a real and significant issue that is at the root of the protest. Protesting, in all its forms, is often intended to voice concern and reach out for support/change.

I have taken it upon myself to answer these questions, please note that these are my opinions and these responses were created by me. Although, I am an active member of The Movement these responses are a reflection of my beliefs. If either of you, or anyone else reading this, would like to have any further discussions regarding these issues feel free to contact me (

“The best of life is conversation.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

2:52 AM  

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