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Ithaca College Segregating Faculty and Staff by Race for Year-Long ‘Anti-Racism Institute’

Ithaca College Segregating Faculty and Staff by Race for Year-Long ‘Anti-Racism Institute’

“Because Ithaca College is a predominantly white institution, much of the institute’s work is focused on unpacking the impact of centering whiteness and working to decenter these practices.”

This is nothing more than an exercise in progressive politics. The academic left is obsessed with this.

FOX News reports:

New York college segregates faculty and staff by race for year-long ‘Antiracism Institute’

Ithaca College in New York is segregating faculty and staff by race for a year-long “Antiracism Institute.”

The optional weekly event, which is taking place during the 2022-2023 academic year, separates college faculty and staff members by “racial affinity groups.”

According to the event page, which was public prior to Fox News Digital contacting the college, the Antiracism Institute will “focus on the development of communities who will support one another in learning and action.”

“Because Ithaca College is a predominantly white institution, much of the institute’s work is focused on unpacking the impact of centering whiteness and working to decenter these practices.”

“The curriculum will be based on building equity literacy abilities, starting with the recognition of systemic racism and features of white supremacy in person, policy & pedagogy. We then move into responding and redressing these features in the participants’ local contexts. In the second semester the curriculum will focus on cultivating and sustaining communities,” the website states.

Faculty and staff members who are interested in joining the fall 2022 Antiracism Institute are taken to an application form where they are given the option to attend sessions every Monday for “faculty and staff who identify as people of color” or on Thursdays for “faculty and staff who identify as white.”


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The Gentle Grizzly | October 16, 2022 at 10:14 am

“ Because Ithaca College is a predominantly white institution, much of the institute’s work is focused on unpacking the impact of centering whiteness and working to decenter these practices.”

Who – beside soft major faculty – talks like this?

JackinSilverSpring | October 16, 2022 at 11:02 am

I thought segregation was illegal for colleges that in one way or another accept federal funds.

The non-white seminars will definitely be more fun. I’d identify as a purple unicorn and attend on Mondays.

IC, back in the day, was a institute for phys ed and music teachers. Good school, too.
from an old neighbor at the bottom of the lake

Booker T. Washington | October 16, 2022 at 12:01 pm

“There is a certain class of race problem-solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”

    BierceAmbrose in reply to Booker T. Washington. | October 16, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    True for any movement — they prosper while the problem persists.

    Take US immigration. They federal powers n politocos would rather have the issue than a solution. Much like Middle East relative peace, the worst thing for them is something getting solves. (Backing a ridiculous resource grab from Lebanon makes sense as stirring the pot, to keep the problems simmering.0

Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA) has been holding segregated faculty receptions this year. The most recent invitation was for an event this month:

Reception for Faculty of Color
Please Join us for an evening of food, wine,
and non-alcoholic beverages.
Friday 14 October, 5:30-7:30 PM”

I believe that it is illegal for a college that receives federal support to conduct segregated events, but most of them do it.

“focused on unpacking the impact of centering whiteness”–can someone translate that into English?

We do not have to attend these colleges.

We do not have to send our children to these colleges.

We are adults.

We can think for ourselves.

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There are much better options than enrolling at any 4-yr college in Ithaca, NY or Walla Walla, WA.

    artichoke in reply to JVJ1975. | October 16, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    If you want to be in Jacobson’s class, you’d have to go to that other college in Ithaca.

      JVJ1975 in reply to artichoke. | October 17, 2022 at 4:57 am

      You are correct, obviously.

      Still, for the vast majority of American high school grads in the 18-22 age range, there are far better life choices than enrolling at virtually every single 4-yr American college.

      I am not denigrating Professor Jacobson , nor any other gifted professor.

      The fact is that imho many of Professor Jacobson’s thoughts and ideas and teachings are available via youtube and his writings and his formal legal filings.


      If a reasonably bright American teen wants to succeed in the America of the 2030s and the 2040s … better option imho would be (1) learn a job in the real world (eg, waiter, bartender, au paire, teach ESL, others) and (2) become fluent in Spanish.

      Then, if you still want to attend college in English in America , you’ll still have that option. Meanwhile you’ll be far better equipped to support yourself along the way. You’ll also be far more valuable to virtually any potential employer.

      Imho Professor Jacobson and most-all other outstanding college professors would agree.

      Just my opinion, submitted respectfully

        JVJ1975 in reply to JVJ1975. | October 17, 2022 at 5:17 am

        And the way ya go about becoming fluent is to copy the methods used by the Department of Defense school in Monterey CA , or how the US State Department trains up its people whom they’re going to send overseas. The State Dept’s Foreign Language Institute. This is public information available at their websites.

        Ya gotta start somewhere. For example, on-line classes for 1- or 2- or 4-hrs per day. Within a year or two you’re ready to enroll in an immersion program overseas. You live in a dorm w other students or in a home-stay with a family. Within another year or two you may well be ready to enroll at a college. In Spanish. For a year. Or longer. Meanwhile, you may well be working locally as a waiter or as a bartender; or teaching ESL, etc.

        For the vast majority of Americans aged 18 to 22, this is a better use of your time and money than four years in Ithaca, NY etc.

        Schools that I’ve had positive experiences with include not limited to Academia de Buenos Aires, Mente Argentina, DonQuijote but there are others. ( o this isn’t an ad, no I have no connection w these places)

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        Ya don’t learn another language in a college setting on a college schedule. The State Department knows this and so does the Dept of Defense. In my own life, I am aware of a young lady who graduated from Emory with honors , her major was Spanish, she readily acknowledged she can’t converse n Spanish.

Somewhere, George Wallace is crowing, “See? Told ya those pointy-heads would end up segregating themselves!”

A_Cornell_Alumnus | October 17, 2022 at 1:17 pm

Somebody should file an EEOC complaint for discrimination and/or a hostile work environment. This already happened at Stanford, when Jewish faculty members were told to go to the “white” affinity group. I can’t give legal advice but, the instant an employer says anything about somebody’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual preference, that’s not a “micro” aggression, it’s flat out discrimination as I see it. If people want to weigh in on this, I believe the Ithaca Times is the local newspaper.

I think they should start with basic literacy. Teach that an the equity part solves itself.