VIDEO: Students applaud Brown's new 'Pocahontas policy'

Cabot Phillips
Media Director

  • Brown University is now allowing prospective students to "self-identify" as people of color on their applications, evoking comparisons to Sen. Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American ancestry.
  • Campus Reform visited Brown to see what students think of their school's new "Pocahontas Policy."
  • This year, Brown University applicants will have the opportunity to "self-identify" as people of color during the application process.

    While the school says the policy change is intended to help students better describe their identity and background, some have questioned the ramifications of the move.

    "I feel weird talking about this as...um...not a person of color. Um..."   

    [RELATED: UConn creates segregated dorms for males 'who identify as black']

    The move comes at a time when the role of race in college admissions has been highlighted in the national conversation, with President Trump repeatedly poking fun at Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) claims of Native American ancestry by repeatedly employing the nickname "Pocahontas."

    What do students themselves think of the policy? Is it helpful in giving students the opportunity to express themselves? Or does it set a dangerous precedent where students are better able to claim false identities for their own advantage?

    [RELATED: Harvard prof calls for racial 'quota system' in higher ed]

    Campus Reform headed to the campus of Brown University to find out.

    Watch the full video below to see what they had to say:

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    Cabot Phillips

    Cabot Phillips

    Media Director
    Cabot Phillips is the Media Director for Campus Reform. Prior to joining Campus Reform he spent time working on numerous campaigns—most recently as the Digital Grassroots Director for Marco Rubio’s Presidential bid. Phillips is also a YouTube Partner, creating and starring in numerous videos which have amassed over 70 million views across varying online platforms.  In 2016, Phillips was named to Red Alert Politics "30 Under 30" list of the nation's most influential young conservatives.
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