The university issued an apologetic yet extremely vague statement on Wednesday, claiming it "sincerely regrets the terms used to describe" the "virtual events" of the previous evening, insisting they "were not clear and not reflective of the university's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion."
While the statement carefully avoided referencing the names of the offending events, plenty of social media users had screen-capped images advertising a pair of seemingly-segregated "virtual cafes" that had raised ire far beyond UMich's student body.
The "Non-POC Cafe" was described as "a space for students that do not identify as persons of color to gather and discuss their experiences as students on campus and as non-POC in the world."
The complementary "BIPOC Cafe," meanwhile, was "a space for student [sic] from marginalized racial/ethnic/cultural communities to gather and to relax with one another and to discuss their experience as students on campus and as people of color in the world." Black, Indigenous and 'People of Color' students could even "hopefully brainstorm solutions to common issues within the BIPOC community."