Kennesaw State University near Atlanta asked students ‘who identify as white’ to go into one room and ‘those who identify as people of color’ to go to another.
The public university at which more than 35,000 are enrolled, has maintained the separation was part of an event held last week on ‘privilege and interracial relations’.
‘The goal of the workshop, which was led by an outside expert, was to foster learning and create an environment of understanding and support for one another,’ said Kennesaw State University spokeswoman Tammy DeMel to Heat Street. ‘Attendees were asked to work together and then were invited to join the group with which they identify.’
But some have decried the workshop as being a modern-day example of segregation rather than an exercise in psychology.
The event was part of a workshop entitled ‘Being, Becoming and Fostering Allies: Building Relationships Across Privilege.’
It was taught by two psychology professors, one of whom was a grad student from the University of Massachusetts and the other a Kennesaw State University professor.
Kennesaw State University is the latest university to be criticized for separating students.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Michigan, and Concordia University have all been accused of segregation at some point or other after holding events that saw students divided into groups along racial lines.
Last spring, students from across the country descended on Philadelphia to attend a so-called ‘White Privilege Conference.’