northwood wrote:i can and probably am wrong.... thats just what i think URM means ( obviously i am not one,or id know more)
URM is still an iffy distinction. I'm part Cuban, but caucasian and typically Cubans aren't supposed to get a boost, though I'd argue that I have seen one this cycle. Somehow not all hispanics are URMs, which doesn't make sense. Perhaps a combination of affluence of your ethnicity/race AND minority status apply to be counted as URM.
I wonder if definitions in that case will become more specific. I think they already are since the common argument these days is that out of Hispanics, Puerto Ricans and Mexicans get a boost more so than the others.
Perhaps someday instead of being Caucasian/white, it will be percentage of Italians, French, etc. But in that case, some of these groups could already be underrepresented (I don't know, just as an example). How much do you guys think historical racism plays into the URM definition? We can say some groups are underrepresented more so than others, but do you think that is only part of it? Do you the fact that certain groups have been disadvantaged historically is more important in the definition of URM or whether certain groups get a boost?