University dean in hot water over meeting limited to ‘students of color’

University dean in hot water over meeting limited to ‘students of color’

In a likely effort to promote the highest ideals of diversity and inclusion, one college administrator landed herself in hot water over what some are calling legitimate racial segregation.

Cheryl Chatman, Executive Vice President and Dean of Diversity Affairs at Concordia University, recently sent out a letter to the incoming freshmen class containing a special summons for “students of color” to attend a special meeting in advance of the normal freshman orientation.

“In an effort to help new students of color feel more adjusted and connected to the university, a pre-orientation session will be held on Saturday, August 27th from 4:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. in the music band room,” she writes. “All new students of color are expected to attend this meeting” (emphasis in original).

Chatman then goes on to elaborate that the purpose of the meeting is to introduce incoming students of color to the various resources and student organizations that are available “to ensure your involvement, satisfaction, and success during your years at [Concordia].”

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