5 times colleges segregated for diversity’s sake
Campus Reform frequently reports on the trend toward segregated policies on college campuses.
Here are five of the most notable examples.
A growing number of universities are hosting programs intended for certain ethnicities, genders, or sexual preferences.
These programs are most often done in the name of diversity.
Here are five of the most notable examples:
Yale hosted a town hall in late-October to build community, however, it is open to those who “identify as LGBTQ and BIPOC.” Hoping to “form a mission,” they “respectfully ask that this space be reserved for those who self-identify as QBIPOC.”
Marymount, a Catholic university in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, hosted two separate “healing circles.” One was titled “Healing Circle for Black Folks,” the other was, “Healing Circles - White Ally Circle.” Both events are recurring through the spring.
As the world entered a lockdown, St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota moved the graduation for all students to 2021. “Students of color, international students and LGBTQIA+ students,” on the other hand, were given a special graduation ceremony to “acknowledge the value and uniqueness of students’ experience,” according to the school’s Center for Equity and Inclusion.
Stanford University proposed and pushed for the creation of separate physics classes for minority students.
Some classes would offer “added support” to make up for the lack of “education equity.” Others would have nothing to do with physics but focus instead on diversity within the discipline.
This trend is nothing new; pushes for segregation in the name of social justice have been popping up on college campuses for years. In 2017, the NCSU Director of Multicultural Student Affairs sought to create housing for “women of color.”
In 2019, the National Association of Scholars produced a report on “neo-segregation” at Yale University. NAS President Peter Wood wrote in an op-ed at the time, “Today’s campus segregation puts people in a racial box. And like other forms of segregation, it has been a major source of tumult in higher education across the decades. Institutions of higher education should stop deliberately balkanizing their student bodies, and work instead to unify them around the common purpose of seeking truth and knowledge.”
Former Campus Reform Editor-in-Chief Lawrence Jones interviewed the author of the NAS report.
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