Students at Ithaca College: ‘Native American Studies’ not racially inclusive enough

Students at Ithaca College: ‘Native American Studies’ not racially inclusive enough

Students at Ithaca College want the school’s Native American studies minor to be renamed “Indigenous studies” to make it more racially inclusive.

Sophomore Victor Lopez-Carmen and senior Kayla Young are leading the reform efforts as part of the student body’s push for inclusion following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, according to The Ithacan, the school’s independent student newspaper.

“We hope to have an indigenous studies minor instead of a Native American studies minor, so that we can encompass a global perspective on issues that Native Americans and all indigenous people face and issues that are also more unique to specific countries,” Lopez-Carmen told The Ithacan.

The students’ efforts have been acknowledged but refuted by the founding professors of the minor, Jack Rosen and Brooke Hansen, who believe changing the name to indigenous would make Native Americans “less visible.”

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