In the past month at the University of Chicago, two separate fraternities have done racist crap! Incident number one was Alpha Delta Phi having the frat brothers mow lawns and cut bushes while wearing sombreros. Incident number two was a facebook event created by Delta Upsilon called “DU Presents:…
Black Male kicked out of crowded gym at SPAC for being "too loud"
[[A friend of mine, a black [man], was training some of my friends. Basically he was told that he had to stop because people were complaining because he was too loud… It’s a gym not the library! But before that he was asked to give the man his wildcard and the man went and checked it. If it had been a white person I KNOW that wouldn’t have happened.
…it was at the track. I didn’t know there was a sound policy. OR you were subjected to being asked who you were when he obviously is a student who got in there with a valid wildcard. I’m tired of it.]] — A student reporting the incident in a public forum online.
The student was asked to leave and had his WildCard checked to see if he was a real student even though they swipe your valid WildCard before you can go into SPAC. The spaces at Northwestern are regulated in a very colonial way.
An important dimension of the environment is the availability to participate on the characteristic interactions of the university. However there are significant spatial and cultural aspects of the environment at Northwestern which have proven to be inhospitable. Many factors influence the degree to which members of underrepresented groups experience Northwestern as having a welcoming and inclusive climate. Some issues are localized and highly variable across
departments and offices, but others are pervasive and require comprehensive, institutional
solutions. It is important to diversify existing opportunities for “interactions”. While it is not
necessary to create new/more interactions, we can be more creative and engaging with diversifying existing interactions in teaching, special events, residences. These developments will require more data and discussion.
4. It is recommended that:
a) A survey be carried out of the visual, iconic and symbolic aspects of the public image of the university environment that may be expanded to include representations and messages of University Diversity. 31-32