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  • University of Connecticut Segregates: No Whites Allowed In New Black Only Dorm

     

    The University of Connecticut is building a new dorm labeled “Black Only”. It is part of a project called the ScHOLA2RS House. The name stands for Scholistic House Of Leaders who are African Amercian Researchers and Scholars. UConn is so committed to the project they are spending millions to build a dedicated “All Black” dorm.

    This plan has come under fire. Some students asking, “Where is the Caucasian Learning Center?

    The UConn website describes the vision of ScHOLA2RS House:

    Uconn ScHOLA2RS House is a scholastic initiative to groom, nurture, and train the next generation of leaders to address grand challenges in society through the promotion of academic success in undergraduate programs at the University of Connecticut and in competitive graduate programs.

    ScHOLA2RS House is a Learning Community designed to support the scholastic efforts of male students who identify as African American/Black through academic and social/emotional support, access to research opportunities, and professional development. The intent of this Learning Community is to increase the retention and persistence of students using educational and social experiences to enhance their academic success at UConn and beyond in graduate and professional school placement. ScHOLA2RS House will encourage involvement with the larger university community to foster peer and mentor relationships and will actively engage students in inclusion efforts at Uconn.

    In the Fox61 report, officials state that claims of “racism” and “segregation” are invalid as people of all races will be present in the building. However, creating an area only for African Americans has caused backlash. The University plans to open the black dorm in the fall of 2016.

    No plans for any other dorms were mentioned or how UConn may handle other groups in the spirit of fairness. How about an all “Asian” dorm, or an all “Native American” dorm or “Italians” perhaps? How will mixed race students be placed?


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