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Texas Tech Students Demand Curriculum Overhaul to Include ‘Intersectional Feminism’

Texas Tech Students Demand Curriculum Overhaul to Include ‘Intersectional Feminism’

“the incorporation of intersectional feminism to counter an otherwise white heteronormative patriarchal canon”

The students making these demands are specifically from the theater and dance departments, interestingly enough.

Campus Reform reports:

Texas Tech students to university: Overhaul curriculum, add ‘intersectional feminism’

More than 160 students and alumni at the Texas Tech University School of Theatre and Dance demanded that the administration fight systemic racism within the department.

In a letter to the administration, students and alumni state that the school’s response to George Floyd’s death was sent three weeks after the incident occurred. The students, therefore, assert “that the safety, comfort, and equity of BIPOC [black and indigenous people of color] students, faculty, and staff were not a priority.”

“For years, both undergraduate and graduate students have requested the hiring of BIPOC individuals, as well as highlighting more stories about and/or by BIPOC individuals on our stages,” says the letter. “These requests have been ignored, and this negligence has contributed to the trauma of numerous students.”

Among several demands, the students asked Texas Tech for a public apology for being complicit in systemic racism, a faculty that is at least 50 percent made up of “BIPOC” by 2031, an investigation into the school’s current low number of BIPOC faculty, and mandatory microaggression and diversity training for all faculty, staff, and students.

Additionally, the students called for an overhaul of the current curriculum.

They asked for a 50-50 ratio between BIPOC and non-BIPOC authors in all course materials, and they want “teachings outside of a Western-centric perspective.” This involves “the incorporation of intersectional feminism to counter an otherwise white heteronormative patriarchal canon.”

Texas Tech and the School of Theater and Dance’s interim dean, Genevieve DeCesaro, released a statement, according to KFYO, responding to the demands: “We hear the call and we are prepared to listen and work together to ensure we have a college environment that is welcoming and supportive of all voices.”

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No one forced them to enroll at TTU. If grievance studies interests them most, they should enroll where grievance studies are most offered.

The Friendly Grizzly | September 11, 2020 at 10:27 am

Theater and dance. The students and teachers likely pronounce them “THAY-ah-tah” and “Dahhnce”.

I am reminded of my undergrad days, back in the day. In a conversation on the quad an SDS honcho[a] was saying that Lenin should be an important part of the college curriculum. This wasn’t a case of “know your enemy,” as her gushing tone made it clear that she considered Lenin one of the greats, on a par with Plato or Shakespeare. I doubt she remembers this conversation, but I did, as it shocked me.

Ol' Jim hisself | September 11, 2020 at 1:32 pm

How much of my Texas taxes go to support this garbage?

Why are these useless parasites’ parents paying tuition for things like dance and theatre and ‘intersectional feminism’?

Can we get a specific act of systemic racism? Aren’t their demands for “a faculty that is at least 50 percent made up of “BIPOC”, a 50-50 ratio between BIPOC and non-BIPOC authors in all course materials” racist?
Literary value and Faculty excellence is NOT determined by melanin content!

And, just what the hell does “the incorporation of intersectional feminism to counter an otherwise white heteronormative patriarchal canon.” mean in plain English?

Certainly at Texas Tech the administrators should have enough backbone to tell the students that they are there to learn and not to try to run the place.

They need Dean T.F. Grizzly to tell the students: “No. If you want more grievance courses, transfer to Oberlin or Evergreen State.”

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