UM-Dearborn Apologizes for Segregated Virtual Cafes
The University of Michigan-Dearborn apologizes for its “virtual cafes” which appeared to date back to the days of “White only” signs in America … claiming it was a serious snafu and regretting the mistake.
Here’s what happened – the university’s Center for Social Justice & Inclusion hosted a Zoom session on Tuesday titled “Non-POC Cafe” for students who don’t identify as people of color to “come together and discuss their experience ”living as a non-POC in the world.
At the same time, it also hosted a virtual cafe for black, indigenous and POC students from marginalized communities to come together on Zoom to do the same.
Understandably, people were outraged and called UM-Dearborn for allowing apparent segregation on campus, or at the very least … for promoting exclusionary virtual events without thinking of the repercussions.
The college admits and apologizes now, saying the way it described the virtual events was “unclear and did not reflect the university’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. “.
As for the thought process behind the two “cafes,” UM-Dearborn claims it meant fine … but simply missed the mark in its delivery.
He says … “The original intention was to provide students from marginalized communities with a space that allowed them to exist freely without having to normalize their lives and experiences, while also providing students who do not identify as people of color the opportunity to deepen their understanding of race and racism without harming or relying on students of color to educate them. “
Each session had a staff member as facilitator and we are told that a total of 8 students participated.
The school says these virtual events are open to all members of the UM-Dearborn campus community … so maybe attendance – and reception – will improve next time around.
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