by MICHAEL MCGRADY - CU COLORADO SPRINGS :
White college students are undergoing a weekly “deconstructing whiteness” program at Northwestern University.
The “6-part workshop series for undergraduate students who self-identify as white” launched in January and runs through March, according to the university’s website. Students enrolled chose to do so – it is voluntary.
A spokesman for the prestigious private university located outside Chicago declined to give The College Fix details on the program, such as how many students enrolled and how it’s been received so far.
A poster advertising the workshop series (shown above) posed rhetorical questions such as: “What is my role in doing anti-racist work?” or “why do I have to feel guilty about being white?” and “how can I talk about race as a white person?”
The Daily Caller reports the events are hosted in collaboration with the university’s Women’s Center.
“Students applying for the program are required to commit to attend all six sessions, seemingly preventing students from abandoning the program if they don’t like it or feel uncomfortable,” the Caller reports.
The program is a part of Northwestern’s “Social Justice Education” office, which “creates co-curricular educational opportunities in partnership with our student community that foster self-exploration, facilitate conversations across difference and support actions that create social change on campus,” according to its website.
Similar programming like the “Deconstruction Whiteness” workshop includes “student activism workshops” that end “racist cis-patriarchy” or programs that “navigate” real life diversity issues.
ABOUT THE AUTHORMichael McGrady
Michael McGrady is a sophomore studying political science and criminal justice at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. When not writing for The College Fix, he's hiking the mountains of Colorado as a wildlife photographer. He has worked for the U.S. Department of Defense and numerous political campaigns.