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Stop including suspect’s race in crime alerts to make campus more ‘welcoming’

The University of Minnesota has a problem with minorities and “other marginalized communities,” so after releasing a report on the “campus climate,” it convened a huge discussion to talk about ways to make the campus more “welcoming,” Minnesota Daily reported.

One idea? Make it harder to find criminal suspects:

Nicholas Goldsmith, a doctoral student in the College of Biological Sciences … helped lead a discussion on crime alerts, saying the University shouldn’t include a suspect’s race in the alerts. He said the descriptions are too broad to be useful, and instead may induce negative biases toward students of color.

Not all the ideas are so, well, impractical: Goldsmith himself said the school should focus more on retaining students rather than leaving them on their own after recruitment.

The participants split up into “discussion circles” and their suggestions were put into reports, which you can read here. One refers to the fight over funding for the Chicano Studies department, which The College Fix has covered in the context of a supposedly offensive “Galactic Fiesta” bowling party.

Read the Daily story.

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