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Minnesota college drops segregated antiracism training after federal complaint

Department of Education dismisses complaint after college stops offering program

Carleton College in Minnesota will no longer host mandatory racially-segregated “anti-racist training” after a federal complaint.

The requirement appeared to come from a list of demands by black activists for “mandatory anti-racist training for all incoming and current faculty, staff, administrators, and students.”

The Ujamaa Collective demanded university officials “contract independent Black anti-racist trainers to underscore the importance of racial, religious, gender, and sexual diversity.”

University of Michigan Flint Professor Mark Perry shared with The College Fix a letter he received on Thursday from the U.S. Department of Education.

The letter said in part:

You stated that the College held mandatory segregated monthly affinity groups for staff and faculty between January and May 2021 in violation of Title VI. During its evaluation, OCR learned from the College in October 2021 that it ended the antiracism training series for staff and employees, including affinity groups. The College informed OCR that it terminated the antiracism training program in May 2021 and it has no plans to continue the training or the affinity group discussion format in the future. Based on this information, OCR is dismissing the complaint as of the date of this letter.

Perry filed his initial complaint on April 19, 2021.

Carleton College, Perry wrote in his complaint, “is legally required to enforce Title VI’s prohibition of discrimination on the basis of race and skin color as a condition of receiving federal financial (taxpayer) assistance.”

“And yet the College is mandating monthly anti-racism training sessions for all of its employees, with mandatory monthly affinity group sessions that are illegally segregated and separated by skin color and race in violation of Title VI,” Perry wrote. “Those mandatory segregated monthly affinity groups discriminate on the basis of race and skin color in violation of Title VI because those sessions treat individuals differently on the basis of skin color and race, and they subject individuals to segregation and separate treatment based on their skin color and race.”

Perry encouraged others to file Title VI complaints when they see programs that could be racially discriminatory.

“If faculty and staff at colleges and universities are required to engage in any illegal, racially segregated programs, they should file an internal Title VI complaint with the university’s Title IX Office and the Office of General Counsel, in addition to filing an external Title VI complaint with the Office for Civil Rights,” Perry said. They can also do so anonymously by contacting him, the University of Michigan professor said.

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