Wesleyan University in Connecticut is moving forward with plans to use university funds to create a resource center that will promote LGBT rights, among other social justice causes.
Michael Roth, president of the private institution founded in 1831, updated the college community last month about the school’s plans to open a multicultural resource center, which was demanded by hundreds of students who campaigned for a number of changes to be made to address “discrimination and lack of equity on campus” after an op-ed in the school newspaper that was critical of Black Lives Matter had upset some students.
Roth explained that the center will be housed in a building that is currently being used as the Shapiro Creative Writing Center. Additionally, the school will begin searching for a director of the resource center.
According to a proposal for the Equity and Inclusion Resource Center drawn up by the equity and inclusion steering committee, the school will spend about $33,000 to renovate the Shapiro building to accommodate the center. The College Fix reports that the proposal estimates that operating the center will cost the school about $220,000 per year.
The proposal calls for the center to be split up into four different sub centers.
“The four sub-centers will serve students of color, first-generation and low-income students, queer and trans* students, and female-identifying students,” the proposal reads. “The center will work closely with individuals, groups, and student-staff, who cultivate intersectional work and spaces on campus, providing avenues for the engagement of others who have an interest in social justice. The space will operate as a central location where students, faculty, and staff can engage in dialogue, academic enrichment, healing, organization, and solidarity.”
The sub-center for queer and trans students, according to the proposal, would hold workshops designed to “encourage activism and participation” within the queer and trans community and its allies.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post