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Public University Promotes Inclusion with $16K Black Student-Only Retreat

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California State University in Fresno held a black student-only retreat this week that was ironically designed to promote a more welcoming and inclusive campus community.

According to Fresno State’s website, the retreat, which is called “Harambee,” “is a three-day experience designed to facilitate a successful transition of incoming African American/Black students to Fresno State.  Students will be housed in the University Courtyard (dorms) during the retreat.”

Some are concerned that this extra experience for African-American students goes beyond the scope of the duties of public universities. The retreat’s website notes that attendees will be provided with housing, meals, and other retreat materials for free, despite no similar experience being offered to non-black students. “Housing, meals, workshops, special sessions, activities, and events will be provided at no cost to students.” – READ MORE

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