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Public College Hosts Black-Only Student Retreat

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Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 12:36 PM

Two segregated college getaways, staged to help white and black students adjust to campus life, have been criticized as being racially insensitive.

In one, California State University Fresno held a three-day student retreat for black students only it says was aimed to promote inclusion and help African American freshmen and returning students adjust to campus life, The College Fix reports.

The "Harambee" retreat, named after the Swahili word for "all pull together," cost the university at least $16,000 to stage and was attended by about 40 students.

Meanwhile, the University of Vermont is slated to host a whites-only retreat for students in November called "Examining White Privilege: A Retreat for Undergraduate Students Who Self-Identify as White."

"It's a new retreat specifically for white students to engage in building a stronger and inclusive campus community," the University of Vermont's website says.

Students will have the opportunity to conceptualize and articulate whiteness from a personal and systematic lens; recognize and understand white privilege from an individual experience; as well as the impact of white privilege on the UVM community and beyond."

Some posters on social media have criticized the segregated events as being divisive rather than helping students. One critic of the Vermont retreat posted in The College Fix comments section: "Oh goody! White students are invited to a self-flagellation session."

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