“engaging with the social identities we all bring to campus”
You have to make sure that everyone knows what’s expected of them, right?
The College Fix reports:
Columbia freshmen required to undergo 3-hour identity politics workshop during orientation
As part of Columbia University’s New Student Orientation Program, first-year students participated in a mandatory activity called “Under1Roof.”
Columbia’s schedule book for orientation describes it as a dialogue that aims to “foster inclusive communities by engaging with the social identities we all bring to campus.”
Under1Roof took place in August, and is a “required program” that is “specifically created for all incoming first year students in Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science,” according to its website.
An incoming Columbia student who attended the program this year told The College Fix that students were asked to write down and explain the categories of identity that they belong to and are most “aware of,” selecting from choices like race, class, gender and sexual orientation.
They were also asked to speak about how they felt their identities “limited their opportunities or access in coming to campus.”
During the experience, each student was given nine sticky notes and asked to write on each one how they identify themselves according to categories that make up “social identity,” including race, ethnicity, immigrant status, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious/spiritual identity, and “additional identities,” as well as anything people wanted to add, such as an athlete or artist, the student said.
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