University Launches New Workshops To Counsel Those Affected By Diversity Training
Now that President Trump’s executive order to cease all diversity and sensitivity training in college campuses has come into effect, the process of healing can finally begin. Several colleges across the country, including the University of Iowa, have begun new seminars to help those who were directly affected by having to participate in these sensitivity training courses.
“It was just so ugly some of the things they were calling me,” says caucasian student Nathan Cremers. “To have to sit there and be called ‘privileged,’ I just…I’m glad nobody else will have to experience this.”
Cremers says he has always thought of himself as an open-minded person, but after being forced to experience diversity and sensitivity training programs, he now realizes how ugly the world can be.
“They were calling me all sorts of names just because of my heritage,” Cremers says. “They said my ancestors were colonizers…I don’t even know what that means, but it’s eaten away at me ever since. They’re saying that America was founded on oppression and racism, but this is the first I’ve heard of it.”
Several other caucasian students have come forward to say they too were impacted by having to undergo racial sensitivity training.
“I will never forgive them for they’ve done to me,” Jarren Lucas, white, says. “2 hours of my life gone forever, and I learned absolutely nothing.”
Lucas and Cremers say they hope to some day live in a world where people aren’t judged by the color of their skin or the atrocities committed by their ancestors.