Posted on September 10, 2020

University of Michigan Dearborn Hosts Racially Segregated ‘BIPOC’ and ‘Non-POC’ Events

Alana Mastrangelo, Breitbart, September 10, 2020

The University of Michigan-Dearborn hosted racially segregated events on Tuesday, one for “Non-POC,” and the other for “BIPOC” (Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color) students. During the two racially segregated “cafes,” the groups were encouraged to “discuss their experience as students on campus.” The university now says that it “sincerely regrets” describing the cafes as “Non-POC” and “BIPOC” events.

“The Non-POC (People Of Color) Cafe is a space for students that do not identify as persons of color to gather and to discuss their experience as students on campus and as non-POC in the world,” read the event description on the university’s website. Although the university has since pulled the relevant pages off their website, archives of the information pages exist.


Conversely, the school also hosted a “BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color) Cafe on Tuesday.

“The BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color) Cafe is a space for student from marginalized racial/ethnic/cultural communities to gather and to relate with one another and to discuss their experience as students on campus and as people of color in the world,” the website states. The site for the “BIPOC” cafe was also pulled down by the school, but is available in archive format.

Like the “Non-POC” event, students were encouraged to “drop in” and discuss their experiences as members of a BIPOC community.


Breitbart News reached out to the University of Michigan-Dearborn to request comment on why it endorses segregation, and how this advances the academic mission of the university.

“UM-Dearborn sincerely regrets the terms used to describe the “cafe” events held on September 8,” said a university spokesperson to Breitbart News. {snip}


In response to Breitbart News’ inquiry as to whether participants were screened to ensure they attend the racially appropriate meeting, the university says “the events were never intended to be exclusive or exclusionary for individuals of a certain race.”

“Both events were open to all members of the UM-Dearborn campus community,” the spokesperson added.