In a bid to provide a safe space to its African-American students, California State University, Los Angeles, has become the latest public school to debut segregated “black-only” dorms.
As The College Fix reports, the Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community will be put into effect in time for the current school year. The arrangement “focuses on academic excellence and learning experiences that are inclusive and non-discriminatory,” according to CSULA spokesman Robert Lopez.
The move came almost nine months after the Black Student Union wrote an extensive letter to the university’s president, William A. Covino.
They demanded the school to address “racist attacks by fellow students, faculty and administration” and the “creation and financial support of a CSLA housing space delegated for black students.” The union also asked for a “full time resident director who can cater to the needs of black students.”
“Many black CSLA students cannot afford to live in Alhambra or the surrounding area with the high prices of rent. A CSLA housing space delegated for black students would provide a cheaper alternative housing solution for black students,” read the letter. “This space would also serve as a safe space for black CSLA students to congregate, connect and learn from each other.”
The other demands included $20,000 dollars per quarter allocated to the Black Student Union, mandatory cultural competency training to all school employees and a $30 million scholarship for black students.
Hate crimes and racism — particularly against the African-American community — are on the rise in the United States. Just recently, authorities charged a white woman with assault after she intervened in a high school brawl and slapped the defenseless black teen her son was fighting.
Moreover, California State University is not the first higher education institution to introduce such measures — the University of Connecticut, UC Davis and Berkeley also offer black-only housing.
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