Finally, Columbia University is offering some much-needed time off from those darn white folks. In an upcoming “Students of Color Leadership Retreat,” which is hosted by the university, only “people of color” will be allowed to attend.
The leftist-inspired “progress” here is truly encouraging.
According to the university website, the retreat, which is closed off to whites, is “designed” to tackle issues “that relate to living in a multicultural and diverse community.”
And apparently, these “multicultural” and diversity issues can only be addressed without the presence of those meddling/inherently racist white people: The retreat is “designed for students who identify themselves as a person of color as a primary identity,” says the website. (So, presumably Rachel Dolezal could attend if she would just hurry up and register for classes.)
The retreat application specifies more clearly who exactly is worthy of attending, based entirely on the color of their skin: “SOCLR is an intensive weekend of personal development, empowerment and community building for student leaders at Barnard and Columbia who identify as African/African-American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Asian-American, Pacific Islander, Arab and Middle-Eastern, Native & Indigenous, and Multiethnic/Multiracial,” says the application.
“In addition to race, the application asks students for their ‘gender identity/expression’ as well as their ‘gender pronouns.’ It also asks applicants to ‘describe your experiences on campus as they relate to your racial identity and experiences,'” notes The Daily Caller.
When asked if white people would be allowed to attend the retreat, associate dean of “multicultural affairs” for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering Undergraduate Student Life, Melinda Aquino issued the following statement, making it clear that whites are not welcome:
“The Students of Color Leadership Retreat is a long-standing annual program for undergraduates at Columbia and Barnard. The program, which is geared towards any student who self-identifies as a student of color, provides structured activities and guided exercises that enable participants to build community and reflect on their abilities to effect positive change within their own lives, within student organizations, within the Columbia University community, and within society at large.”
Hilariously, Aquino further defended the racist retreat by highlighting that whites could attend other events at Columbia.
Columbia’s Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts “other leadership and community-building programs and retreats that meet the needs of ‘all students interested in diversity and identity,'” Aquino told The College Fix.
What’s the big deal with a little segregation? Amirite?