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U. Maryland Student Government Mandates Diversity Training For Itself

U. Maryland Student Government Mandates Diversity Training For Itself

“Cultural competency training”

The student government at the University of Maryland has had it with their own inability to appreciate diversity.

You couldn’t make this up.

Campus Reform reports:

UMD student gov requires itself to take diversity training

The University of Maryland’s student government is now mandating “diversity and cultural sensitivity” for all of its officers.

In its final meeting of the semester, The Diamondback reports that the UMD Student Government Association (SGA) passed two diversity and sensitivity initiatives: one suggesting that individual departments create their own diversity committees, and another forcing all SGA officers to take “cultural competency training.”

The first, which passed unanimously, is patterned after the Smith Business School’s Diversity Empowerment Council, which has sought to be an example to the rest of the departments at Maryland. According to its website, the DEC is committed to advertising improvements in diversity relating to race, religion, and other characteristics at UMD, but hopes to involve non-minority students, as well.

“It is important to champion cooperation amongst all students, and not separate the minorities and non-minorities, because the ultimate goal is collaboration, not separation,” explained Dr. Hank Boyd, a clinical professor and diversity officer at Smith who is also one of the faculty advisers to the student-led DEC.


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