“it quickly became a shouting match from across the auditorium between a lot of different people at once”
The ideology behind this is divisive. It does the opposite of what it claims.
The College Fix reports:
Drake U. diversity training has ‘opposite effect,’ leaves students ‘traumatized’
A freshman diversity workshop at Drake University intended to “raise awareness about issues like racism and sexism” ended up having the opposite effect, leaving students “uncomfortable” and even “traumatized.”
According to The Times-Delphic, the university contracted with the organization High Impact Training for its “You. Me. We.” program — which purports to “expose the often-unintentional ugliness of prejudice, setting the stage for a lively discussion of diversity.”
But Associate Provost for Campus Equity and Inclusion Jennifer Harvey noted in an August 26 email that, despite being “thoroughly vetted,” High Impact Training’s skit format was too “aggressive” and a “huge problem.”
“A sense of belonging for students of color—whose well-being matters deeply to me and other members of the team who planned Welcome Week—was instead thrown into jeopardy,” Harvey (pictured) said.
One of the issues was workshop trainers staying “in character” even after their skits were completed. Although it was made clear at the onset this would be the case (and says so on the group’s website), not all students were aware of it during (post-skit) question-and-answer sessions.
One student said “I do understand that [the trainers] were in character, but the way that they went about answering some of these questions was kind of just blatantly rude.” Another said he “understood what they were attempting to do, but it was offensive.”
[Freshman Ryan] Sherman said many first-year students were already uncomfortable and on edge after the skits, and those feelings only increased during the Q&A portion of the event.
“Giving a microphone to the students didn’t really do anything. Because everybody was so riled up, it quickly became a shouting match from across the auditorium between a lot of different people at once,” Sherman said. “That room quickly became filled with hate and division, much quicker than I’ve ever seen a room filled before.”
In response to students’ feedback, Harvey held a listening session with first-years on Saturday to talk about the workshop sessions and the harm that was caused.
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