In a controversial move, the University of Connecticut has introduced a racially-segregated dorm intended only for those who identify as African-American.
According to its website, the ScHOLA²RS House (“Scholastic House Of Leaders who are African American Researchers & Scholars”) is a “designed to support the scholastic efforts of male students who identify as African American/Black through academic and social/emotional support, access to research opportunities, and professional development.”
One UConn official explained to the local Fox affiliate that the ScHOLA²RS House is “a space for African American men to, one, come together, and validate their experiences that they may have on campus… it’s also a space where they can have conversation and also talk with individuals who come from the same background who share the same experience.” Application is voluntary, and while separate, the facilities will be equal to the other dorms.
But the reactions on campus are mixed, even among African-American students. “I was not pleased, my immediate thought was ‘What?’” one female Africana studies major told the campus paper. “My initial thought was what about black women and girls – what about us?”
“I’m fearful of a lot of negative backlash,” said one sixth-semester puppetry major (yes, really). “Not saying it can’t go good. It could just go completely fine and my thoughts are just totally skewed and jaded because of the society we live in right now.”
[h/t Campus Reform]
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