California State University Los Angeles recently debuted segregated housing for black students, a move intended to protect them from “microaggressions,” according to The College Fix.
Members of the media arrive for a protest at the California State University Los Angeles campus (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
Last year, Cal State L.A.’s Black Student Union wrote a letter to the university’s president outlining a series of demands, including the “creation and financial support of a CSLA housing space delegated for Black students and a full time Resident Director who can cater to the needs of Black students.”
“Many Black CSLA students cannot afford to live in Alhambra or the surrounding area with the high prices of rent. A CSLA housing space delegated for Black students would provide a cheaper alternative housing solution for Black students. This space would also serve as a safe space for Black CSLA students to congregate, connect, and learn from each other,” the letter stated.
Robert Lopez, a spokesman for the university, confirmed to The College Fix that the students’ demand for housing specifically for black students had been met, saying that the school’s new Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community “focuses on academic excellence and learning experiences that are inclusive and non-discriminatory.”
Lopez said the black student housing is within the existing residential complex on campus.
The College Fix noted that other universities, including the University of California, Davis; the University of California, Berkeley; and University of Connecticut, offer similar housing arrangements.
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