Freshman Melissa Thompson, 18, is one of a handful of African Americans in a large University of Washington sociology class. Out of nearly 5,000 UW freshmen, only 118 are black.
Bigger black enrollment still only a dream for UW
"That despite Seattle being home to nearly 10 times the number of African-American citizens as Olympia, Ellensburg and Spokane combined. UW faculty numbers are even lower: Just 1.7 percent of tenure-track faculty members are black."
"Black students at the UW say they often feel like objects of curiosity"