- The Washington Times - Monday, October 10, 2005


An event at Boston’s Northeastern University advertised as for “women of color only” sparked cries of discrimination.

The Women’s Studies and Graduate Consortium’s first “Breaking Bread: Women of Color Dialogue” was forced to admit all races after a white student complained to the university provost, the Northeast News reported.

“They were in violation of the nondiscrimination policy,” said Michael DeRamo, Northeastern’s student government vice president for academic affairs.

Robin Chandler, director of women’s studies and one of the organizers of the event, held late last month, said she was disappointed she received orders to open the event to all, even though only one white woman actually attended the first session.

“I think it’s a shame that one or two white students, based on white privilege, a lack of awareness of racial issues and a lack of generosity of spirit complained to the office of the provost and were able, because they were white, to gain admission to the morning session that I was forced to open up,” Miss Chandler said.

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