As an international student, I hadn’t experienced any significant overt racism or racist micro-aggressions before coming to W&L. I had done my research on the college, but felt wholly unprepared when bigotry was directed at me. I was faced with disparaging remarks about my country of origin and negative assumptions about me based on my background. I found most parts of the college to be very alienating and, as a result, participated in very little of the college life there.
I do think that W&L is capable of evolving for the better and it’s great that people are pushing the college to make the environment more welcoming to everyone. But I don’t think there can be any major change until the presence (and the influence) of Greek life on campus is drastically reduced and the student body is racially, economically, and politically diverse.