un·der·rep·re·sent·ed | \ ˌən-dər-ˌre-pri-ˈzen-təd \

Definition of underrepresented 

: inadequately represented

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underrepresentation \ˌən-dər-ˌre-pri-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən, -zən- \ noun

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The program was founded in 1989 to diversify local golf courses and support students from underrepresented communities, said Carolyn Lee, the equity and inclusion coordinator for Portland Parks. Corlyn Voorhees, OregonLive.com, "Portland-area students win full ride to college with caddying scholarship," 31 May 2018 Many candidates from underrepresented communities will get their start on school boards, city councils, in statehouses and DA offices. Brittany Packnett, The Cut, "Stacey Abrams’s Win Is Just the Beginning," 23 May 2018 The number of underrepresented students who took an AP course for the first time during the fall and earned an A was the same as in 2016. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "First-time AP students tell the D204 school board they relished the challenge," 24 May 2018 Mic correspondents on this new, twice-weekly show go beyond the headlines to profile the underrepresented, the problem-solvers and the provocateurs. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Facebook’s first wave of ‘trustworthy’ news shows sure includes a lot of Fox News," 11 July 2018 Soon, more than half of UCF students will come from underrepresented groups, according to Whittaker’s message. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New UCF president: Soon, more than half of students will come from underrepresented groups," 9 July 2018 The powerful dissent of Justice Sotomayor makes clear ‘the serious costs to our democracy’ and great harm to underrepresented minority voters arising from the Court ignoring Republican wrongdoing. Kevin Diaz, San Antonio Express-News, "Supreme Court give Texas partial victory in racial gerrymandering case, state must redraw one district," 29 June 2018 The grant will pay for its Transparent Pathways in STEM project, which works to remove obstacles to student success and level the playing field for all students, particularly those from underrepresented groups. Zipporah Osei, BostonGlobe.com, "A ‘kindness garden’ to spread love and compassion," 28 June 2018 Others argued Google had done too little to advance women and other underrepresented groups or to regulate hate speech and harassment at Google. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Google toughens rules on internal harassment after James Damore firing roils staff," 27 June 2018

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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