NC State Admin Proposes Exclusive Housing for ‘Women of Color’

Toni Airaksinen, Campus Reform, August 3, 2017

The new Director of Multicultural Student Affairs at North Carolina State University recently pledged to create a segregated housing option for “women of color” only.

Nashia Whittenburg, who was hired by NC State less than a month ago, shared her plans to create the housing option for female minority students in a university news release published Tuesday, adding that she plans to submit an official proposal for the housing option by February 2018.

“The point and purpose is if you are a Latina and you are an engineering major, with a very specific specialization, you may not ever see anybody who looks like you,” Whittenburg explained. “But when you come home, here is your opportunity to get some support and to deal with some of the microaggressions you might have had to deal with throughout your entire day when you’ve been at class.”

While NC State already has two housing options for racial minorities—one exclusively for black males and another for Native American students—the school does not currently have one for female racial minority students, hence Whittenburg’s proposal.

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Whittenburg was hired to manage the school’s Multicultural Affairs Office, which plays host to events such as the “Tunnel of Oppression” (an interactive experience of intersectional oppression) and a “Multicultural Graduation Ceremony.”

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