Brown enlists students to fight 'oppression,' 'social inequities'

Toni Airaksinen
New York Campus Correspondent

  • Brown University is seeking students to develop workshops for the campus community on “systems of oppression, particularly with communities of color.”
  • The position is unpaid, but students receive "non-monetary" perks such as free social justice training and "refreshments" during their meetings.
  • Brown University is seeking students to develop workshops for the campus community on “systems of oppression, particularly with communities of color.”

    Students will enlist under the Social Justice Peer Education Program, which is recruiting students to “educate and engage the larger Brown community about social justice” and enhance the campus’s “multicultural competence.”

    "Participants will gain knowledge on the intersection of socially and culturally constructed identities."   

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    While the program will be hosted under the Brown Center for Students of Color, which is exclusively for students of color and does not appear to hire white people, it is unclear whether white students will have their applications considered. Brown did not respond to request for comment on the issue.

    Since students won’t be paid, they will be compensated with “non-monetary” perks, including “extensive training” on social justice issues, and “refreshments provided during trainings and meetings,” according to the Fall 2017 job description.

    Successful recruits will be “passionate about issues of social justice, equity, and inclusion” and will be“equipped to educate their peers on a wide range of topics that raise awareness, promote inclusiveness, and foster genuine understanding of systemic inequities.”

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    Through the semester, students must attend various biweekly and monthly meetings, plus mandatory training sessions, all of which are geared to teach them how to successfully facilitate workshops on social justice for other students. Towards the end of the semester, students will be required to facilitate at least two workshops for the campus community using what they’ve learned, hence the “peer education” aspect of the program.

    Students are eligible to be rehired at the conclusion of the semester, pending a successful performance evaluation.

    Campus Reform reached out to Brown for community on why “hired” students will not receive monetary compensation for their labor, but did not hear back.

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    Toni Airaksinen

    Toni Airaksinen

    New York Campus Correspondent

    Toni Airaksinen is a New York Campus Correspondent, and reports liberal bias and abuse on college campuses for Campus Reform. She is a junior at Barnard College, and also contributes regularly to The College Fix, USA Today College, Red Alert Politics, and Quillette Magazine. She formerly held a post with the Columbia Spectator and has been featured on Fox News and on the Drudge Report.

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