Saturday, September 5, 2020
Black law students demand classroom diversity monitors to report ‘questionable conduct’ | The College Fix
The Black Law Students Association at the University of San Diego School of Law is calling for campus administrators to train and post diversity officers in classrooms to observe and report bias and other “disparaging” actions against students of color.
According to an open letter from the USD Black Law Students Association, these diversity officers would be charged with watching classrooms and reporting incidents or conduct they consider questionable or discriminatory.
“As Black law students we are privileged with the opportunity to pursue a legal education and seek membership to the legal profession, however, we are not immune to the oppression that is inextricably linked to our Blackness,” the group states in their six-page letter to USD law faculty and students.
In addition to monitoring duties, the diversity officers would meet annually with professors and deans to go over how they could better promote diversity in the school’s instruction, the letter states.
In the letter, BLSA claims many students of color at USD’s law school are subjected to racist behavior and comments in the classroom and feel “uncomfortable ‘calling out’ the student or professor for fear of retaliation or because they second guess whether the experience qualifies as a microaggression.”
The addition of diversity monitors to classrooms would balance academic freedom with “the need to promote an inclusive learning environment.”
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