Kent State University, nestled in Kent, Ohio is welcoming the class of 2021. Their website is very welcoming….well, if you’re of African American, Latin American, or Native American descent anyway.
The school has created a free, four day orientation with mentorship, and call it Kupita/Transiciones (K/T). This program sounds amazing, but is it right? I don’t really care if they have an orientation that excludes whites and asians and whoever else isn’t one of the three listed. However, it is the same people in that program that will be crying social injustice later down the road….when they are the ones getting special treatment.
Kupita/Transiciones (K/T) is a free four-day cultural orientation and year-long mentoring program for newly admitted and transfer African American, Latino American and Native American students. K/T kicks-off with the four-day cultural orientation which begins on Monday, August 21st and concludes on Thursday, August 24th, 2017. Spanning over the four-days, students will engage in activities to learn how to successfully navigate their college career by focusing on the cultural and social climate of Kent State University.
As a result of participating in the four-day Kupita/Transiciones (K/T)cultural orientation, we hope students:
- Feel more connected to Kent State University
- Establish their Kent State University La Familia
- Are affirmed in their cultural identity
- Gain an appreciation for different cultures
- Identify opportunities of engagement at Kent State University
After students participate in the four-day cultural orientation they seamlessly transition into the K/T Mentoring Program. The K/T Mentoring Program offers students an opportunity to have their mentor from K/T provide continued assistance, guidance and support throughout their entire freshman year.
Out of curiosity, I registered for the event to see if they would ask for my ethnicity in the form. They did not, and I immediately got a confirmation to attend.
This brings me to wonder if they will turn away students who are not “culturally diverse” when they show up with their confirmation for the event.
I know one thing for sure, if the college was to hold a “White’s Only” orientation, there would be riots and protests. Why is it okay to be the other way around?