Critics: UConn to Create Black-Only Housing (Updated)

University_of_Connecticut_Seal.svgThe University of Connecticut is under fire this week after a report that it would create a living space segregated by race. The school is concerned about the lower graduation rate for black students. So it has arranged for black-only housing to try to maintain a more supportive environment. Others call is segregation and a return to pre-Brown v. Board of Education values. The university has insisted that it is not a separate dorm and that the reports have been overblown, as discussed on Snopes.

I have long warned about a trend toward segregated schools and classes based on race, gender, and sexual orientation. While advancing laudable goals, the means of the ScHOLA²RS House (“Scholastic House of Leaders who are African American Researchers and Scholars”) is troubling. While few would argue with special programs to help any struggling student, the creation of race-specific zones or housing is a substantial retreat from conceptions of race-blind institutions.

Reis2015Vice Provost Sally Reis rejected such arguments and insists that “It’s no more segregated than putting individuals with an interest in entrepreneurship together because they have common interests.” Most people would see a considerable difference between having a dorm for business students and a dorm for black students. One is based on an immutable trait that has long polarized the nation and produced gross inequalities. The other is an intellectual interest that is shared across gender, racial or other demographic lines.

Erik-Hines-headshot-web-150x150Yet, Erik Hines, a UConn professor who will serve as faculty advisor to the ScHOLA²RS House students, said that UConn may plunge even further into such segregated housing: “We have all types of learning communities. If they bring forth a proposal to our Office of Programs and Learning Communities they will be considered by our executive director.”

The university insists that it is not creating separate housing:

ScHOLA²RS House is a Learning Community designed to support the scholastic efforts of male students who identify as African American/Black through academic and social/emotional support, access to research opportunities, and professional development. The intent of this Learning Community is to increase the retention and persistence of students using educational and social experiences to enhance their academic success at UConn and beyond in graduate and professional school placement. ScHOLA²RS House will encourage involvement with the larger university community to foster peer and mentor relationships and will actively engage students in inclusion efforts at UConn.

It has specifically responded to media reports through Dr. Erik Hines:


Twelve students already have contacted us with interest in living in Scholars House. Participation is, of course, entirely voluntary and its programming will be open to all in the University community, not only black male students.

This living community will also be located in the new Next Gen Hall when it opens this fall, so Scholars House students will live among 700-plus other students from all backgrounds while at the same time having access to specialized educational and social experiences to encourage success in their college careers.

To correct misinformation that some have unwittingly spread, this learning community will not be separate, nor is the building only going to house this group of students. Rather, this will be one of several learning communities whose residents live in Next Gen Hall, along with other students who aren’t in learning communities.



Source: Fox

109 thoughts on “Critics: UConn to Create Black-Only Housing (Updated)”

  1. Karen and Paul: I agree that schools in bad neighborhoods tend to produce low performing students, but in my experience at a top 10 undergraduate university, I had peers who were immigrant Chinese, whose fathers were waiters and mothers worked in sweatshops (garment factories), yet they they performed substantially better than black students whose parents were college educated, government executives and were raised in upper middle class suburbs. This was even more apparent in law school. Not one of the 10 black “special admits” in my class came from a home that could be considered “poor” or even working class. The black special students came from higher socio-economic backgrounds that the white and Asian students that the school paid to tutor them. After 60 years of affirmative action, there are generations of people who observed this scenario in college and professional school. Yes, some black college students come from ghetto backgrounds; generally the athletes. But the majority of black college students are selected from the top strata of American blacks, based on their perceived ability to succeed. Colleges compete over middle and upper class black students, and offer them generous financial incentives, whether they need them or not. Meanwhile, white and Asian students from poor and single parent homes are stuck financing their education through loans.

    1. Tin – we already know that they are taking points off the SATs of Asians, leaving the whites alone and adding points to the blacks. This has come out in a couple of Congressional hearings and Federal court cases. If they don’t stack the deck the colleges are all Asians and whites.

    1. Joe Schmo – partially false. They already have a segregated Latino group and a female science and math group. This group will mix with 7 or 8 other groups and also be part of the campus. They are selected to be campus leaders and later community leaders. It is a new dorm.

  2. My first thought was, “Surely this violates Title Something in the Federal code and UConn will lose funding or take incoming lawsuits.” Then I came to my senses..

    #BlackLiesMatter. #AllLiesMatter. Especially the lies we tell ourselves and delusions foisted on the naive young.

    I hope UConn is not leading the way of universities becoming the Detroits of higher education.

    (By the way, skipping the ztroll-led debate above certainly made reading the comments a quicker exercise.)

  3. Any measuere?

    “More than six years after the economic expansion began, 93% of counties in the U.S. have failed to fully recover from the blow they suffered during the recession.

    Nationwide, 214 counties, or 7% of 3,069, had recovered last year to prerecession levels on four indicators: total employment, the unemployment rate, size of the economy and home values, a study from the National Association of Counties released Tuesday found.”

  4. Paul:

    “Besides the schools in poor neighborhoods are jokes.” That is so true. Plus, the kids of single moms in bad neighborhoods don’t have a parent available to help them with homework and keep them out of trouble.

    That’s why I think we need education intervention when a child is young.
    1. Emulate programs that have proven success rates (like Harlem Children’s Zone)
    2. Create safe after school programs where kids can play without violence, drug dealers, or gangs
    3. Tutors and extra homework help
    4. Uniforms at schools to reduce one more thing to fight over – removes any gang colors as well as girls competing over who can spend the most at the trendiest store
    5. School choice – encourage alternatives so that if a public school performs badly, parents will vote with their feet. Nothing encourages excellence like the reality that you will go out of business if you do a bad job.
    6. Remove all teacher tenure. This system makes zero sense, and was not intended to extend to K-12. Tenure makes it very difficult to remove bad teachers. Which kids get to be stuck with the bad teacher that could ruin education for them forever and limit their chances to get into a good college? Would you agree to send your kids to bad teachers because it’s unfair to fire them? It takes hundreds of thousands of dollars to fire a teacher for cause, which is why they get passed around. The overwhelming majority of Americans who pay the taxes that keep these schools afloat do not have tenure. Unlawful termination laws are sufficient to prevent or address abuse. The rest is merely fighting against meritocracy in schools.
    7. Encourage third party programs such as Big Brother to help kids who have less than ideal situations in home or neighborhood.

    Every child should have access to the same level of education and college preparedness.

  5. “That makes you disingenuous.
    Romney was either ill-informed or deceitful in using the fake numbers.
    Obama, being in charge and having access to the data and a number of advisors on their meaning was almost certainly deceitful.

    That still leaves what point you thought you were making by pointing that out; apparently you thought it made Romney look worse in some way.

    If you want to compare apples to apples, by any measure, the economic picture is brighter than it would have been under Romney, certainly much better than it was under Bush.

    Any measure?
    This shows you’re wrong.

  6. Monty, I guess that’s what happens when you print 80 Billion dollars a month and more than double the national debt by going from 9 trillion to 18 trillion in seven years without a 9/11 or an Iraqi war

  7. This will never survive strict scrutiny. There are too many schools that have addressed the issue of low graduation rates for black students who have not resorted to all black housing that even if this could qualify as a compelling interest, which I doubt, it would not meet the narrowly tailored requirement. Hasn’t the general counsel for the university read the Fisher opinion? And odds are that even that aspect of the use of race under strict scrutiny is likely to become even more stringent.

    But I feel for the students. They obviously need academic support, but I doubt if there is evidence that an all black dorm is likely to produce better academic performance. Black students at UConn may very well suffer from stereotype threat and social isolation, but there are many ways to address both of these issues without generating controversy, law suits and ultimately having to dismantle the program.

  8. University of Connecticut Vice Provost Sally Reis and her ilk want to structure college campus settings after their own defective group think delusions.

    First they call for affirmative action quotas under the guise of creating a more inclusive campus setting by having all minority groups represented for better or worse.

    Then when the reality on campus fails to resemble their defective affirmative action group think fantasies the same people that called for the all-inclusive campus quotas demand segregated housing/campuses for minority students.

    How do we square this circle?

    School admissions at an institution dedicated to disseminating knowledge should be based solely upon merit not race/creed/color/favoritism/nepotism.

    1. Personanongrata – since it has the word Scholar in it, will it be run like an Honors dorm?

  9. “…born in the country of parents who are citizens…”


    Illinois rewrites the U.S. Constitution.

    The same state that stole the 1960 election from Nixon and gave it to Kennedy, now tells us a “citizen” not, exclusively, a “natural born citizen” is eligible for the presidency.

    Correct me if I’m wrong but the Speaker of the House has the duty of determining eligibility.

    President = “Natural Born Citizen”
    Senator = “Citizen”
    Congress = “Citizen”


    The Illinois Board of Elections on Monday said Republican candidate Ted Cruz is a natural-born citizen and is eligible to be president.

    The Texas senator was born in Calgary to an American mother and Cuban father, which primary rival Donald Trump has suggested might disqualify him from serving as commander in chief.

    But the board ruled that Cruz, who won the Iowa Republican caucuses on Monday, can stay on the ballot for the state’s primary election on March 15.
    “The candidate is a natural born citizen by virtue of being born in Canada to his mother who was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth,” the board said in its ruling.

    The board distinguished between natural born and naturalized citizens, pointing out that Cruz “did not have to take any steps to go through a naturalization process at some point after birth.” The Constitution stipulates that a president must be a “natural born citizen.”

    “Further discussion on this issue is unnecessary,” the board added.

    Our Framers had no need to define “natural born Citizen” in the Constitution, because by the time of the Federal Convention of 1787, a formal definition of the term consistent with the new republican principles already existed in the legal text and reference of the era, Emer Vattel’s, Law of Nations:

    Law of Nations, Book I, Ch. XIX, at §§ 212-217

    § 212: Natural-born citizens are those born in the country of parents who are citizens – it is necessary that they be born of a father who is a citizen. If a person is born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country.

    How Vattel’s Law of Nations got to the Colonies, and its Influence Here:

    During 1775, Charles Dumas, an ardent republican [as opposed to a monarchist] living in Europe sent three copies of Vattel’s Law of Nations to Benjamin Franklin. Here is a portion of Franklin’s letter of Dec. 9, 1775 thanking Dumas for the books:

    “… I am much obliged by the kind present you have made us of your edition of Vattel. It came to us in good season, when the circumstances of a rising state make it necessary frequently to consult the law of nations. Accordingly that copy, which I kept, (after depositing one in our own public library here, and sending the other to the College of Massachusetts Bay, as you directed,) has been continually in the hands of the members of our Congress, now sitting, who are much pleased with your notes and preface, and have entertained a high and just esteem for their author…”


    The Jay/Washington letter of July 1787 raised the presidential requirement from “citizen” to “natural born citizen” to place a “strong check” against foreign allegiances by the commander-in-chief.
    From John Jay

    New York 25 July 1787

    Dear Sir

    I was this morning honored with your Excellency’s Favor of the 22d Inst: & immediately delivered the Letter it enclosed to Commodore Jones, who being detained by Business, did not go in the french Packet, which sailed Yesterday.

    Permit me to hint, whether it would not be wise & seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government, and to declare expressly that the Command in chief of the american army shall not be given to, nor devolved on, any but a natural born Citizen.

    Mrs Jay is obliged by your attention, and assures You of her perfect Esteem & Regard—with similar Sentiments the most cordial and sincere I remain Dear Sir Your faithful Friend & Servt

    John Jay

  10. Pssst, Hey Tin: If you anyone to fall for your claim about attending college – a top ten college, no less – then you should demonstrate that you know how to follow a thread.

    Shouldn’t you go check on those burgers; they probably need to be flipped by now

  11. The guy in the paper hat is being jeered because he posted on this website some long, boring diatribe that was completely irrelevant to the selected topic.

  12. I went to a top 10 undergraduate university, where many freshman – of all races – declared as computer science or engineering majors. They all wanted to be the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. At the end of their first year, those with middling grades were counseled to switch to a less rigorous major, or transfer to a less competitive state college. Those who didn’t heed this advice usually flunked out. I would suggest the same for UConn black students. Even if they are in easy majors but are still in academic trouble, they should be counseled to transfer to a historically black college. A degree from an HBC is better than flunking out of UConn. If UConn doesn’t counsel its black male students about whether they may be better off at I different college, I suspect that the school is putting its athletic record ahead of the best interests of its student athletes.

  13. fleming: Your picture of communist cruelty lacks context. We don’t know who thios man in the paper hat is or what he’s being castigated for.

    He doesn’t look homeless; clean white shirt, well shaved, with a wrist watch.

    Please tell us what you think is going on this picture. I’m sure you can be every bit as hilarious as your confederates are with their stand-off porn

  14. Make UConn blacks get haircut like Eric Hines. Blacks won’t like forced style Indian haircuts. The Indian boarding school video.

  15. Fleming: The fact I stated was Romney’s claim and actual results of the data he was using to measure achievement.

    You point out that Romney’s standard of measure was flawed but you accuse Obama of using deceptively. That makes you disingenuous. I don’t know what a SWJ is, but my guess is that you fit the description more than I.

    If you want to compare apples to apples, by any measure, the economic picture is brighter than it would have been under Romney, certainly much better than it was under Bush.

    What do you want to measure? Corporate profits? Historically high. Price of oil? That was a favorite for you guys until recently. It’s plummeting, and instead of unlocking untold wealth and riches for the American people like you predicted, it’s wreaking havoc with the economy.

    Go on, how do you want measure the economy, sport. No matter what standard of measurement you want to use, the US economy is performing better than it did under Bush and better than it would have under Romney. And Obama’s economy is outperforming the last three Republican administrations in spite of obstruction of a Republican congress bent on sabotaging the recovery at the cost to people of this nation.

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