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Oberlin Drops Plan to Pay Students to Advance Social Justice

Oberlin Drops Plan to Pay Students to Advance Social Justice

“it appears the program never got off the ground”

Why would this even be necessary at Oberlin? It’s like preaching to the choir.

Campus Reform reports:

Oberlin scraps ‘social justice’ program

Oberlin College appears to have axed a program that initially sought to recruit students to fight “microaggressions” and “privilege” on campus.

According to a now-deleted job posting, Oberlin College sought in October 2017 to pay students $8.50 an hour to become “Social Justice Education Facilitators,” who would be dispatched across campus to facilitate workshops on social justice issues.

Students were also expected work one night shift per week at the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) until 8:00 p.m., and the facilitators were expected to arrive on the job with a working knowledge of intersectional theory surrounding race, class, and gender.

But while at least one student was hired, it appears the program never got off the ground. The initial goal was to hire a group of students to help with the MRC’s programming, including workshops on topics such as “Power, Privilege, and Microaggressions.”

No additional students were hired, however, and the MRC never extended its hours to 8:00 p.m. as the job advertisement hoped for, instead continuing to close promptly at 6:00 p.m. every day.

And while the MRC sought to give student clubs the ability to request workshops, no such option is listed on its website.

Moreover, all mentions to the Social Justice Education Facilitator program have been scrubbed from the Oberlin website, with little indication that the program may have changed its name to avoid future scrutiny, or that it was moved to a different department.


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All of which means it hasn’t gone away, it’s gone underground.

I suspect someone looked around and decided that actively targeting new students “of privilege” was not a good recruiting strategy. Selling a school as “a place to discover who you are” is very different message than “we’ll mold you into who we think you should be.” As a smart white kid, I’d probably pick a different school to attend if I knew that I was going to be attacked every day for basically being who I was. About 10 years from now I expect to hear that the good news is that “Oberlin has driven off all white people of privilege” and the bad news is “the college be broke now.” In my culture we were taught to not defecate where we eat.” Perhaps that isn’t a strong message in other cultures.