Students at the University of Chicago are demanding racial segregation for incoming students of color during orientation week.
They also want some serious construction to place on campus, including building a house for illegals students.
The administration is taking the dictate very seriously, The College Fix reports. “We are reviewing and continuing dialogue,” university spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus told the student news service via email. It’s just one of 50 demands issued recently by student groups to the university officials.
The racially segregated orientation for students of color is envisioned by the students as supplementary to the general orientation. It’s the brainchild of a group calling themselves the UChicago United and the insistence on racial separation is sixth on its list of demands. The orientation “would familiarize students with campus resources and multicultural registered student organizations” and is designed to “ease the transition to the university’s campus climate and academic demands.”
But that’s just the beginning. The UChicago United students also think the university should be employing more non-white professors and coerce the existing white professors to “include more insight from Black authors, specifically Black women” when they plan course curricula for their social science and humanities offerings.
Furthermore, the united students have some advice for architecture on campus, insisting on “cultural houses, specifically a Black house, a Latinx house, and an Asian house.” If that weren’t enough the group explicit states that in addition to the obvious inclusion of a Latino house, a “Latino Cultural House” also be included at the university to “cater to the needs” of international and illegal students.
Not unused to responding to extraordinary requests, the university is carefully considered the latest batch. University spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus informed the The College Fix that the administration has “held dozens of meetings, open forums, and conversations on diversity and conclusion and [they] have more meetings planned before the end of the academic year” while they “look forward to continued dialogue.”
Sainvilus refused to condemn the university’s hosting a racially segregated orientation program more than 50 years after the end of Jim Crow practices.
“We are reviewing and continuing dialogue,” she said.