Columbia U. seeks to change ‘Caucasians only’ requirement for fellowship

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Desegregation may finally be coming to Columbia University.

The Ivy League school is asking a judge to change some requirements of the Lydia C. Roberts graduate and traveling fellowships - which limit recipients to people born in Iowa who are "of the Caucasian race."

Lucy Drotning, the university's associate provost, filed an affidavit in Manhattan Supreme Court last week to support a prior action made by the fund's administrator, JPMorgan Chase Bank, claiming the racist provisions set in 1920 are grossly outdated.

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