Are Asians Considered Minorities at WP?

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  1. kbaek

    kbaek Member

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    I know most schools don't consider Asians to be minorities, but I remember seeing somewhere that around 7% of the class was Asian.

    I'm not very sure how the minority thing works, so any advice is welcomed.

    By the way, I want to find this out to see whether or not I should email my Minority Officer about my application woes or not.

    Thanks!
     
  2. buff81

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    Asians are not one of the groups that the Minority Admissions Officer is responsible for. His area is responsibility is for African-Americans, Hispanics and American Indians.
    You are assigned to the Minority Admissions Officer by your Regional Commander, if appropriate. The candidate does not have to make that contact.

    If you are having problems with your application, you should contact your MALO/FFR first and if you don't get anywhere with that, then you can contact your Regional Commander.
     
  3. Ken2012

    Ken2012 Prospective

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    Just wondering, what do Minority Officers do?
     
  4. buff81

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    Minority Admissions Officers are the Admissions Officers for minorities.
    Unlike Regional Commanders, the Minority Admissions Officer's area is not regional but national.
    There is also an outreach component. They search the country for highly qualified minorities to help make sure that the class composition goals are met for each class.
    The outreach program is quite involved and extensive. There is a lot of traveling done by the outreach team to visit and speak to schools, coaches, teachers, parents, Congressional staffs etc. about WP. WP will also bring minorities and their families and minority educators in to visit WP. It's an effort to educate those about WP that may have never heard of it or don't know of the opportunities that WP offers to highly qualified minority students.
    You would be surprised how many folks have NEVER heard of WP- especially those that live west of the Mississippi. Getting the word out!
     
  5. freedomtruck

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    I asked my regional commander, Maj. Jonathan Belmont about this question over the summer. His reply was as follows:
    "Concerning your most recent question: because the Asian demographic closely matches (and in some aspects surpasses) the “majority” (i.e. mostly Caucasian) demographic, we do not consider that particular segment of the population to be a minority from an academic, socioeconomic, or other “diversity” standpoint. Specifically, minorities (as defined by our outreach office) are those who are African American, Native American, or Hispanic."
     
  6. TheKnight

    TheKnight Class of 2014

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    It's true. You would never guess how many people in the West haven't heard of West Point. Especially in minority communities.
     

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