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Students May Need Counseling after ‘Required’ Diversity Training

A Harvard University student displays an example of a 'microaggression.' PHOTO: Harvard University

By Celine Ryan | 22 June 2018

  • Minnesota State University will have counselors standing by to comfort “student leaders” who have an “emotional response” after being required to attend a new diversity training.
  • MSU announced Wednesday that it is rolling out two new diversity trainings this fall, saying it is “expected” that faculty supervisors will “make this training required for student leaders.”

CAMPUS REFORM — Minnesota State University will have counselors standing by to comfort “student leaders” who have an “emotional response” after being required to attend a new diversity training.

MSU announced Wednesday that two new 90-minute workshops on social justice and diversity are being implemented for “student leaders” this fall, noting that staff/faculty supervisors are expected to “make this training required.”

“Counseling staff from Hendrix will be available to speak with students who need to leave the training to talk during or after the program.”

While the announcement does not provide a comprehensive definition of what constitutes a student leader, it does state that “examples of student leaders/workers include: Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Office Assistants, Resident Assistants, Student Orientation Counselors, etc.” […]

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