Berkeley Haas School of Business creates 11 different 'Identity Spaces' for networking
The University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business announced the creation of 11 different “identity spaces” for students.
Students are to use these spaces to “meet, network, and socialize.”
The University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business sent an email to students on April 7 announcing the creation of “identity spaces.”
According to an email obtained by Campus Reform, “The Program Office [Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion] DEI Team across all platforms are facilitating open identity spaces for students to meet, network, and socialize with other students across all programs that share the same identity.”
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There are 11 different “communit[ies]” for students to join, with those being first-generation students, women, veterans, Black/African-American, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, Native American, religious minorities, international students, Asian Americans, and disability.
The “identity spaces” will be held until the end of the spring semester, according to the email.
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Communications Director for the California College Republicans Dylan Martin told Campus Reform, universities should “not be pushing anything that encourages segregation of students into racial, sexual, and religious groups.”
“Instead of forming ‘identity space’ cliques, our universities should focus on bonding us around things everyone has the potential to take interest in, not fixed racial, sexual, and religious backgrounds. Our students should ‘meet, network, and socialize’ with people from all walks of life. They should bond on ideas, on sports, on campus events, on music, on art — not on things like the color of their skin. If students choose to pursue creating identity groups on their own accord, then they have the freedom to do so. However, our universities should not be pushing anything that encourages segregation of students into racial, sexual, and religious groups,” he said.
Martin went on to say how this decision was not surprising following UC Berkeley’s decision to host a separate “Black Graduation ceremony for students.”
Campus Reform reached out to UC-Berkeley, but did not receive a response.
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