Jesuit “Catholic” university renews whites-only program for ‘analyzing whiteness’

[Jesuit] “Catholic” university renews whites-only program for ‘analyzing whiteness’

But it gives a loose definition of ‘white’

JUNE 29, 2017

Loyola University Chicago has chosen to renew a program limited to white students that appears to violate the Catholic school’s own nondiscrimination policy.

Ramblers Analyzing Whiteness started three years ago as an “affinity space on campus for self-identified White students” who yearn to “become anti-racist, anti-supremacist White allies.”

Naseeb Bhangal, the lead contact for RAW, confirmed to The College Fix in an email that the program will indeed be offered again when classes resume in the fall, “in light of growing interest and student participation since the program began in 2014-15.”

Next year, the program will have a few cohorts comprised of six to 10 students who will attend workshops and work on projects related to racial justice, according to the RAW webpage.

While students who join the program must be “white-identified,” students who are also biracial or multiracial are permitted to attend as long as they identify as white, according to the program description.

This “white-identified” provision appears to directly violate Loyola’s Notice of Non-Discriminatory Policy, which posits that “Loyola University Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race … in the administration of its … school administered programs.”

RAW is administered by the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, which is led by professional staff.

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