Posted on February 24, 2022

Progressive SUNY Binghamton Professor Rebuked for Race, Gender Policy

Selim Algar, New York Post, February 21, 2022

SUNY Binghamton officials have rebuked a professor who said white students should clam up in class and let others lead academic discussions.

A syllabus for Ana Maria Candela’s sociology class alerted students that she would be calling on non-white coeds first.

Candela wrote that “if you are white, male, or someone privileged by the racial and gender structures of our society to have your voice easily voiced and heard, we will often ask you to hold off on your questions or comments to give others priority and will come back to you a bit later or at another time.”

Student Sean Harrigan shone a light on the pigment-specific pedagogy after he filed a Title IX discrimination complaint to the school.

Harrigan told The Post Monday that Binghamton officials scrambled to revise the syllabus and later insisted that they opposed the practice.


Dubbed “progressive stacking,” Candela’s policy aimed to “give priority to non-white folks, to women, and to shy and quiet people who rarely raise their hands,” the syllabus read.

Candela extolled the strategy in the first draft of her syllabus, telling students that it yields “tremendous benefits for our society.”