A slate of candidates for the Harvard Board of Overseers has attracted considerable attention with its campaign to make the university free for undergraduates and its allegations that the current admissions system discriminates against Asian-American applicants. Now the organizer of the slate of candidates -- Ron Unz -- is facing scrutiny for his funding of authors and researchers whose work is viewed by many as bigoted, The Boston Globe reported. For example, Unz gave money to support an author who promotes a theory that a "gay germ" causes homosexuality, and to another author who wrote of how economic populism and "white party" issues could win a candidate the presidency. Unz said he doesn't necessarily agree with the views of the authors he supports, but that he wants to promote "alternative media."
Five students at Clemson University were arrested Thursday evening after they refused to end a sit-in in a campus building that has a closing time of 5:30 p.m., WYFF News reported. The students are part of a larger movement that has demanded that Clemson do more to recruit minority students and faculty members and make the campus more inclusive. The student demands state that the university's responses to racial incidents have been insufficient. The university pledged Thursday to do more to recruit and support minority students, but the protesters call those pledges inadequate.
About 200 students at the University of Washington held a rally and then marched into a planned campus discussion on diversity issues, largely taking over the discussion, The Seattle Times reported. The students then gave speeches about the racism that they see at the university, applauding those comments and chanting, "Black lives matter." The students issued a series of demands, including a 25 percent increase in the number of minority faculty members by 2017, and the adoption of a new style of policing on campus. The students also demanded that two streets be renamed because they honor people who were involved in genocide against Native Americans.
Students posted photographs of the events to social media. Image at top right shows the march to the event and image below shows the students after they arrived at the discussion.
Many groups are talking about staying away from North Carolina in the wake of an antigay, antitransgender law enacted there that bars localities from banning discrimination, and that bans public colleges and other state agencies from opening men's and women's bathrooms to transgender people who were not born with the gender specified by the room. The Council on Undergraduate Research is going ahead with its National Conference on Undergraduate Research this week at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. More than 4,000 are registered for the meeting, where undergraduates present their research findings on various projects. At least two universities -- one in New York State and one in Washington State -- have announced that their students will not attend due to gubernatorially imposed bans on the use of state funds to travel to North Carolina.
The Council on Undergraduate Research has as one of its operating principles that programs should promote "diversity and inclusion."
Elizabeth L. Ambos, executive officer of the group, said that CUR was working with officials at UNC Asheville to make sure that all students would feel welcome and would have access to gender-neutral bathrooms. Via email, Ambos added: "CUR is disappointed and concerned that recent legal actions in North Carolina may affect the attendance of some students and faculty at NCUR this year, and that some attendees may feel less than welcome. In keeping with our strategic pillar of diversity and inclusion, we remain committed to the wide expression of all forms and topics of undergraduate research, by all members of the undergraduate research community, and view with great concern any actions that affect inclusivity with respect to the fullest expression of undergraduate research. It is our hope that the recent unfortunate legislative decisions will not overshadow the recognition of our nation’s budding scholars and leaders at NCUR 2016."