University Implements Separate Housing to Provide Safe Space for Black Students
California State University Los Angeles is going ahead with separate housing for African-American students in order to protect them from “micro-aggressions.”
The arrangement comes after the school’s Black Student Union wrote an extensive letter of demands demanding CSULA take action and address “racist attacks by fellow students, faculty, and administration.” One particular demand the letter makes is for “Black student only” living quarters with a “full time Resident Director who can cater to the needs of Black students”:
“Many Black CSLA students cannot afford to live in Alhambra or the surrounding area with the high prices of rent. A CSLA housing space delegated for Black students would provide a cheaper alternative housing solution for Black students. This space would also serve as a safe space for Black CSLA students to congregate, connect, and learn from each other.”
The College Fix received word from CSULA spokesman Robert Lopez confirming that the separate housing would be put into effect. Lopez’s email praised the new arrangements and said the Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community “focuses on academic excellence and learning experiences that are inclusive and non-discriminatory.”
The other demands in the letter include $20,000 dollars per quarter allocated to the Black Student Union, mandatory cultural competency training to all school employees, and a $30 million dollar scholarship for black students.
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