"Achieving racial equity" is an objective of many campus leaders. But it is a few goal they say they have achieved. Behind the numbers of diversity: Achieving racial equity on campus (Harvard Education Press), W. Carvard Byrd argues that to achieve true racial equity, universities must speak honestly about their stories and values. Byrd is Director of Research Initiatives at the National Institutional Diversity Center at the University of Michigan.

He answered questions about him by email.

Q: You write, "Contrary to popular belief, universities are not blind to color, neutral and meritocratic educational organizations; nor were they founded to be like that." Why is this important? Why do people prefer to think that those things are true?

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