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Brown University Mindfulness Course Accepts Students Based on Race

The new course at Brown University caused controversy after it was offered exclusively to minority students.

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training class was recently made available only to students who identify as Black, Native, or Hispanic. Anyone who identifies as a BIPOC, regardless of their age or whether they attend Brown University, could enroll in the online course, which debuted in May.

The exclusion of white and Asian students drew the ire of one anonymous student, Brown, who was denied the MBSR program because they did not identify as BIPOC. In a May 13 complaint filed with the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR), a self-proclaimed “civil rights and liberties organization”, the student stated that “Brown offers a RACE-BASED teacher training program that is ONLY open to certain groups” . demographics (blacks, Hispanics, Natives).

A wellness center where a teacher training course is taught.
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The complaint continues: “This program will also offer grants to these students to help manage the cost of the program. Financial assistance is NOT offered to members of other demographic groups who also cannot afford to participate in the program. (white and Asian). This results in certain demographics taking precedence over others and being discriminatory. As a student of the program, I found that I could not continue my studies at this institution as I refuse to support educational segregation based solely on skin color as it violates my core principles, values ​​and Buddhist teachings on which this program is based. on the.”

The student calls the program, which is funded by a grant from the Foundation and the University’s School of Public Health, “a return to educational segregation by color.”

Bion Bartning, president and founder of FAIR, called Brown’s course “discriminatory.”

“Perhaps in a misguided attempt to correct past injustices, Brown University has chosen to discriminate against students solely on the basis of color and ethnicity,” Bartning said. “Such actions are neither legally nor morally justified, and we urge the university to reconsider its decision.”

Christina Hull Paxson Has Been President Of Brown University Since March 2012.
Christina Hull Paxson has been President of Brown University since March 2012.
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Following the complaint, FAIR attorney Lee Ann O’Neill sent Brown University President Christine Hull Paxson a scathing letter on June 15 accusing the university of violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states: “No person in the United States on the basis of race , color, or national origin must be excluded from participation, denied benefits, or discriminated against in any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.”

Dr. Eric B. Loakes, director of the Brown University Mindfulness Center, defended the school’s decision to restrict the course to people of color, saying, “The intention is to recruit future teachers who have a particular interest or history of personal interaction with people.” experiences of blacks, natives, and/or Hispanics/Hispanics/Latinos and others who were underrepresented in the field of mindfulness.”

Brown has since changed its policy to allow all students, not just minority students, to enroll in the class when it resumes in August.

“After further review of our early promotional materials for the program, we have modified them to reflect the inclusive nature of the program while still achieving the goal of meeting the needs, experiences and priorities of marginalized communities,” Lowes told The Post.

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