(I submitted this through the University's survey website)
I recommend that the University reconsider its application guidelines for the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) (www.grad.uiuc.edu/srop). I love the fact that our University is reaching out to underrepresented minorities, but I think that programs such as this one should invite all students to apply. When students are profiled based on race -- whether for positive or negative reasons -- it limits our ability as a campus to get beyond racism. I share Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream that one day skin color will no longer play a part in how any of us are perceived or treated. Thank you very much for considering my feedback.