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Brandeis takes down web page for whites-only space after College Fix highlights it

Also subject of federal discrimination complaint

Within two days of our report on Brandeis University’s “White Affinity Group Spaces” for antiracist training, the private Boston-area school removed the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion page that describes the program, schedule and reading materials.

Archived versions of the page show that it was removed sometime between Nov. 2, the day of our report, and Nov. 4.

University of Michigan-Flint economist Mark Perry, who filed a federal discrimination complaint Nov. 2 against the program for violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, alerted The College Fix to the page’s removal.

An apparently newer page for “BIPOC Affinity Group Spaces” – those reserved for black, indigenous and people of color, to be focused on “healing” instead of training – was also removed sometime since Nov. 1. It did not list a curriculum or program.  (The student newspaper reported Oct. 23 that the university was putting the “final touches” on the BIPOC program.)

Indeed, the “anti-racist education” section of the DEI website – under which both racial spaces were listed – appears to have been completely removed.

The Fix has asked Brandeis media relations why the white affinity page was taken down and whether its scheduled events were still happening. The white program was supposed to host “Level 1” and “Level 2” sessions on Friday, and four more “Level 2” sessions this semester, the last of which is Dec. 11.

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