To promote "racial reconciliation" after the deadly clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville last month, Brown University plans to offer segregated events to its black students and female Muslim students.
The university received a $30,000 grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, which represents liberal arts schools, to create a campus center whose mission is to "break down racial hierarchies and create a positive narrative about race in the community," according to The Brown Daily Herald.
These grants, provided with the assistance of the Newman's Own Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will go towards hosting racially and religiously segregated "dinner discussion groups." These discussions are being led by Brown University Chaplain Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, who told The Daily that "one [group will be] for black students and the other [will be for] for Muslim women on campus."
Nelson told The Daily she hopes that the Muslim women's dinner group will "allow the women to engage in topics such as the intersection of race, Islam and gender fluidity."