Classes were canceled on Thursday after claims that Earlham College was “unsuitable for students of color to thrive” because of a lack of a safe space.
Students marched at the Indiana college and gave a list of demands to Earlham President David Dawson.
The demands included a required “racial diversity training” course that cannot be taught by a white professor. In addition, the professor would be chosen by students.
The list also wanted a multicultural 'safe space' center.
“We require a Multicultural Center that is autonomous, free of surveillance, staffed by people of color, provides counselors of color for students of color, and is accessible to students with disabilities. It is imperative that the Multicultural Center be a safe space for all students of color, students who identify as women, LGBTQIA students, and international students,” the demand stated.
As stated by MRCTV, the Multicultural Center would also handle complaints made by students. The students demand the complaints “must be acknowledged and supported” regardless of whether they are legitimate.
It's interesting to note that the college didn't hand over the demands made by the students to the Pal-Item paper. Instead, they obtained an email sent to Earlham students, faculty and staff which included a copy.
Earlham media relations director Brian Zimmerman said the school was shut down to to meet with faculty, students, and staff in order to “reconcile” the students’ concerns.
“As our students are helping us to more fully appreciate, even a college like Earlham, which is especially committed to welcoming persons of all backgrounds and ethnicities, has much room for growth. This community-wide discussion with students, faculty and staff will serve as a launching point for ongoing college dialogue and action toward living out its commitment to diversity ,” he said.
Because the demands aren't unreasonable at all apparently.
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