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Minnesota State Will Offer Counseling for Student Leaders After Mandatory Diversity Training

Minnesota State Will Offer Counseling for Student Leaders After Mandatory Diversity Training

“two new 90-minute workshops on social justice and diversity”

Progressive ideas are so popular they almost always have to be made mandatory.

Campus Reform reports:

Students may need counseling after ‘required’ diversity training

Minnesota State University will have counselors standing by to comfort “student leaders” who have an “emotional response” after being required to attend a new diversity training.

MSU announced Wednesday that two new 90-minute workshops on social justice and diversity are being implemented for “student leaders” this fall, noting that staff/faculty supervisors are expected to “make this training required.”

While the announcement does not provide a comprehensive definition of what constitutes a student leader, it does state that “examples of student leaders/workers include: Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Office Assistants, Resident Assistants, Student Orientation Counselors, etc.”

The announcement itself does not explicitly state that the workshops will be mandatory, saying only that “we encourage faculty and staff to send their student leaders and student workers to both training sessions.”

A supplementary document provided within the announcement, however, states that staff and faculty supervisors are “expected” to “make this training required for student leaders and stress the importance,” as well as “encourage student interaction during the trainings” and “require students to complete pre- and post-training surveys.”

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Way to discourage potential leaders, MSU.

I have a great deal of trouble with a State institution changing religious doctrine (the establishment clause) as well as influencing political thought. And note, the right to speak is inclusive of the right to remain silent. The right to assemble is inclusive of the right not. Thus the courts have consistently ruled.

Will they be paid for their participation at their standard hourly rate? If not, I bet a memo to the state employment department might get a response. It is dangerous territory when employees started getting treated as volunteers.

OTOH … difficult as it would be to sit through … maybe they should all take advantage of the councilors … and rack up hundreds of billable hours that MSU will have to pay for.

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