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A Christian university in Indiana is moving forward with racially segregated “listening sessions” where students can share their experiences following a poll about racism on campus despite ongoing criticism.
Sessions at Anderson University, 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis, will be split Tuesday into two for colored students and another two for white students on April 19, according to the notice from the school’s Racial Equity Task Force, which organized the listening groups first reported by the Chalkboard Review.
The in-person events were planned after students completed an inclusion survey about their experiences with race on campus. You will speak to moderators who will share their feedback with the task force.
The nature of the sessions has been criticized by some students, who have reportedly compared them to the Jim Crow-era South. In messages on private social media groups, some expressed concerns about the initiative.
In one message, according to images provided by Chalkboard Review, a student said: “The school’s solution to racism is more racism.” Another message read that racism “should have stayed in the ’60s”.
Fox News has reached out to the university.
In response, school president John Pistol defended the task force, saying the intent of the event was “to provide a safe space for our students to share their experiences openly, while not alienating people.”
“This task force survey is part of a larger project to fulfill our mission of being an informed community. The data collected and the feedback will directly influence the next projects and resources the university generates for the next school year,” he said. “This effort is an honest attempt to gather information to promote Christ-centered racial reconciliation.”
He said the Racial Justice Task Force is a natural extension of school principles and its goal is to explore ways to apply school values to areas of identity, race and social inclusion.
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Other universities have been criticized for racially categorizing students to enforce a “wake” agenda. Students at Westerns Carolina The university has recently spoken out against the sessions being split into two separate sessions to support resident advisors.