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Drake University’s Diversity Training Session ‘Traumatized’ Some Students

Drake University’s Diversity Training Session ‘Traumatized’ Some Students

“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.”

From the story:

[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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Comments

The purpose is to cause some harm to white students, and if some black, latino or Asian students are collateral damage, OK.

Of course it’s meant to cause division. What they hate the most is “I don’t give a rat’s rear end about your color, I’ll just think of you as a person, good bad or indifferent.” It drives them bonkers.

Dolce Far Niente | September 5, 2022 at 1:29 pm

Racism is baked into the whole concept of diversity. Saying your skin color is the least important aspect of character is anathema to wokesters and will always cause a violent reaction.

Up until 2007 or so, race relations in this country had been progressing from a post-WWII bare acceptance to close friendships (In my somewhat myopic vision); then the “word” went out: “If you don’t vote for Obama, you’re against black people!”
Please: Prove Me Wrong!

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to paracelsus. | September 5, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    I may not prove you wrong, but I’d say it all was breaking down when the “celebrate diversity” mantra took hold, and replaced “unity”.

Isn’t “hostile educational environment” grounds for a lawsuit?

    harleycowboy in reply to henrybowman. | September 6, 2022 at 9:49 am

    At the very least get the program canceled.

      drsamherman in reply to harleycowboy. | September 8, 2022 at 7:24 pm

      Wonder how much the bonehead DEI administrators who came up with that road apple of a hate fest were paid? Wonder how much the vendors who put on the program were paid? Drake should refund the portion of tuition that was used for those purposes to the freshman class.