President Barack Obama’s secretary of education, John B. King Jr., has officially released a Dear Colleague letter mandating a “commitment to diversity” at America’s colleges and universities and calling for taxpayer-funded campuses to create “safe spaces” where students, professors and administrators can talk about “race and discrimination.”
King, who will almost certainly lose his job in 58 days, released the letter on Friday along with an 89-page report focused on diversity.
“Institutions can proactively support student success and college completion by” establishing “venues for safe and open dialogue on issues of race and discrimination among students, faculty, staff, and leadership of different backgrounds,” the outgoing education secretary instructs college administrators.
College officials should also train “students, faculty, staff” on “how to support diverse student populations and address the implicit biases we all carry with us,” the education secretary says.