The Students of Color of Rackham is a manifestation of the first Black Action Movement (BAM), one of two campus wide protests in 1970 and 1975 that called for an increase in minority enrollment at the University of Michigan. Between February and April 1970, BAM led an 8-day strike and made a series of demands that included an increase in black enrollment by 1973, adequate support services, new recruiters for African American and Chicano students, and the establishment of a Black Studies Center.
As part of their reform, the University agreed to establish the Center for Afro-American and African Studies (CAAS), designed to serve the needs of the African American academic community in the early 1970's. An organization called the Minorities of Rackham (MOR) emerged in conjunction with CAAS to provide support for the university's graduate community of color. MOR was primarily dedicated to address issues of race and oppression during this heightened period of unrest at the University.
In 1992, MOR was renamed to its present name SCOR, Students of Color of Rackham. By this period SCOR had expanded its vision to promote professional, social, and cultural growth in addition to its founding commitments to diversity and nondiscrimination policies. After a near absence from the university landscape between 1992 and 1993, SCOR was revitalized in 1994 by co-presidents, Kyra Gaunt (Ethnomusicology) and Karen Lincoln (Sociology and Social Work).
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