The Emerging Majority Affairs Committee (EMAC) has evolved from what was formerly known as the Minority Affairs Committee. The new name was adopted to reflect changing demographics in the United States—a transformation that is acknowledged on a national level.
The U.S. Census projects that by the year 2015, non-Hispanic whites will represent 65.5 percent of the population and decrease thereafter by approximately 2 percent annually. Comparatively, the 1990 U.S. Census reported non-Hispanic whites as representing 75.7 percent of the population.
According to the 2000 Census, non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanic/Latinos reflect 12.3 and 12.5 percent, respectively, of the U.S. population. While a 1 percent decline is expected among non-Hispanic blacks by 2015 (approximately 11 to 12 percent in 2015), the greatest population growth will be seen among individuals of Latin descent. They are a heterogeneous group of individuals who identify as black, Indigenous/Native and white, and it is anticipated that by 2025 this group will represent 20 percent of the U.S. population.
EMAC strives to meet its goal by pursuing the following activities:
- Addressing YSPH issues that impact the interest, performance and/or impression of underrepresented students of color
- Raising funds for the Creed/Patton/Steele and Anderson Alumni Scholarship Funds;
- Participating in YSPH regional recruitment activities
- Participating in activities geared towards recruiting a diverse student body in consultation with the YSPH Admissions Office
- Assisting with faculty recruitment by circulating faculty vacancy announcements to the EMAC network
- Promoting a sense of unity among students, alumni and members of EMAC
The objectives of EMAC will be met through the work of the Executive Committee and separate subcommittees.