Mizzou diversity by the numbers: The state's flagship campus does not reflect the state population

KANSAS CITY, Mo - The events at Mizzou are shining the spotlight into corners of campus and academic life there that students and faculty say are unacceptable.

A letter to the UM System Board of Curators from the Missouri Students Association put the blame for squarely on the shoulders of UM System President Tim Wolfe, who resigned as president Monday morning.

“Every student’s ability to learn is now affected and threatened by the campus climate,” it reads. “While no isolated incident led to this moment, the continued offenses at the University of Missouri have accumulated into irreparable damage to the student experience.”

MORE: University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe has resigned

Mizzou by the numbers:

In its annual college rankings, US News & World Report includes a campus ethnic diversity index. The formula produces number that ranges from 0 to 1. The closer a school's number is to 1, the more diverse the student population. 

  • Mizzou's index number is .32
  • The school's undergraduate population is 79 percent white and 8 percent black.
  • The state is about 83 percent white and nearly 12 percent black.

Data is curated by startclass.com 

Around the region

In comparison with four universities in neighboring states, Mizzou actually has more African-American undergraduate students, while the four campuses below all do better than Mizzou when it comes to Hispanic student numbers.

Data is curated by startclass.com

The race complaints came to a head over the weekend when at least 30 black football players announced they would not participate in team activities until Wolfe was gone.

WATCH: See a timeline of events leading up to today in the video player above

For months, black student groups have complained of racial slurs and other slights on the overwhelmingly white flagship campus of the state's four-college system. Frustrations flared during a homecoming parade Oct. 10 when black protesters blocked Wolfe's car, and he did not get out and talk to them. They were removed by police.

Black members of the football team joined the outcry on Saturday night. By Sunday, a campus sit-in had grown in size, graduate student groups planned walkouts and politicians began to weigh in.

The protests began after the student government president, who is black, said in September that people in a passing pickup truck shouted racial slurs at him. In early October, members of a black student organization said slurs were hurled at them by an apparently drunken white student.

Also, a swastika drawn in feces was found recently in a dormitory bathroom.

Many of the protests have been led by an organization called Concerned Student 1950, which gets its name from the year the university accepted its first black student. Its members besieged Wolfe's car at the parade, and they have been conducting a sit-in on a campus plaza since last Monday.

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