The Brown University Mindfulness course is offered to minority students only.

A new course at Brown University has caused controversy when it was offered only to minority students.

Teacher training classes in mindfulness stress reduction (MBSR) have recently been made available only to students who identify as black, local or Latin. Anyone who identifies as a BIPOC, regardless of age or whether or not he or she is a student at Brown, was allowed to enroll in an online class that began in May.

The expulsion of white and Asian students angered Brown, an anonymous student who was removed from the MBSR program because he did not recognize himself as a BIPOC. I 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 is offering a teacher training program based on race that only deals with specific demographics.” (Black, open to Latin, indigenous).

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The complaint continues: “The program will also offer grants to help these students manage program costs. Members of other demographics are not being offered financial assistance that the program cannot afford.” White and Asian) As a result, some populations are preferred over others and this is discriminatory. As a student of the program, I find myself unable to continue my training with this institution because I only I refuse to support educational segregation based on skin color because it violates my basic principles, values ​​and the teachings of Buddhism that this program is based on. ”

The students call the program, which is funded by a foundation grant and the university’s School of Public Health, “Return to Academic Separation Based on Skin Color.”

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

“In a misleading attempt, perhaps, to redress past injustices, Brown University has decided to discriminate against students solely on the basis of skin color and ethnic background,” Bartening said. “Such measures are neither legally nor morally justified and we urge the university to reconsider its decision.”

Christina Hill Paxon has been president of Brown University since March 2012.
Christina Hill Paxon has been president of Brown University since March 2012.

Following the complaint, FAIR sent Attorney Leigh Ann O’Neill. A hard letter The president of Brown University, Christina Hill Paxon, on June 15, accused the university of violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states, “No one in the United States is of race, color, or Disqualify from participating in any federally funded program or activity based on nationality, denied benefits, or be discriminated against. “

Defending the school’s decision to limit the course to people of color, Dr. Eric B. Lucas, director of Brown University’s Mindfulness Center, said: Experiences of black, indigenous, and / or Latin / Latin / Latin people and others who are under-represented in the field of mindfulness.

Brown has since changed his policy to allow all students, not just minority students, to enroll when classes resume in August.

“After further reviewing our initial promotional materials for the program, we rearranged them to reflect the comprehensive nature of the program, while still meeting the needs, life experiences, and priorities of disadvantaged communities.” Achieving the goal, “Loucks told The Post.