February 19, 2014 at 8:04 am

University of Michigan students hold all-night protest of racial climate

Ann Arbor — Hundreds of University of Michigan students participated in an all-night protest over what they call low minority enrollment and inclusion.

The Ann Arbor News reports students crammed into Shapiro Undergraduate Library for the 12-hour event, which began Tuesday night. The “Speak Out” was hosted by the United Coalition for Racial Justice, a group comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff.

Event organizer Austin McCoy says students on the Ann Arbor campus and others want to “expand the conversation” to help create a more diverse university.

Organizers say more than 1,000 students signed in at the event. The gathering is an extension of a campaign started this year by the Black Student Union.

The “Speak Out” comes as university officials move forward with plans to boost racial diversity.