UPDATE: Organizer of ‘queer’ racial segregation workshop at Brown University defends event

Timothy Dionisopoulos
Former Reporter

An organizer of a workshop for “queer” minorities scheduled at Brown University next week, defended plans to segregate participants by race, following a Campus Reform report that brought national media attention to the event.

The "Protect me from what I want" workshop will apparently separate participants by race in order to work past their sexual attraction to Caucasians.

In a Facebook thread from March 20th, organizer Drew Heckman wondered why the segregation aspect had ignited such a firestorm.

“To be clear, we did not ask for national attention, but it is interesting to ponder why we achieved it,” he commented. “Is it the ‘segregation’ that appalls you/The Daily Caller/Campus Reform? The intentional and voluntary division into identity groups at our event?”

Campus Reform reported on March 19, that the event entitled, “Protect Me From What I Want: A Workshop on Privilege, Desire, and Power,” which will be hosted on campus at Brown on April 8, would ask that its participants break into race-based groups.

“We will break into POC [people of color] and White caucus groups for a part of the workshop to unpack some of our specific experiences of racialized desire,” read the event description. “This will be an intentional, anti-racist, and feminist space.”

Since that report, however, a link to the original event page for the workshop has been disabled for anyone outside the Brown University network.

Campus Reform learned of the updates after an anonymous student sent screen shots of the Facebook page.

In a recent Facebook post on the event page from Sunday afternoon, Heckman stated this is now a private event to Brown and Rhode Island School of Design students.

“Hi all, quick update—due to some administrators concerns, this event will be Brown-RISD students and their guests only” said Heckman.

Heckman instructed non-students to email the allyshipnetwork@gmail.com for more information, but stated “…please understand that you may not be admitted to the event if you are a not a student and have not contacted us beforehand.”

Kelly Garrett, Coordinator for the Brown University LGBTQ Resource Center, did not respond to requests comment from Campus Reform.

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Timothy Dionisopoulos

Timothy Dionisopoulos

Former Reporter
Tim Dionisopoulos is a former reporter for Campus Reform and communications editor in the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program. Tim joined Campus Reform in the summer of 2011, and his stories were cited or re-posted on the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, Fox News, and other national media outlets. Tim graduated in 2011 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he was politically active on campus and in the community.
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