- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2016

One of Georgia’s most famous universities is standing by its decision to start hosting events where invitations are only extended to minorities.

Campus Reform, a education watchdog funded by the nonprofit organization Leadership Institute, recently learned that Emory University’s campus life department hosted a social for “students, alumni, faculty and Emory Campus Life staff of color.”

A reporter for the group contacted DeLa Sweeney, the Atlanta school’s interim director for Multicultural Programs and was told that segregated events were “beneficial.”

“Hosting programs for specific communities and affinity groups — in this case community members of color — is a practice that has been shown to be beneficial for employees and institutions in many fields including higher education,” Mr. Sweeney told Campus Reform Thursday via email.

Mr. Sweeney said segregated events can be a catalyst for “creating mechanisms for individuals with shared interests and common goals.”

An email sent by Campus Reform’s sources said Emory’s plan was to ignite “a series of annual gatherings that create and add to the tradition of acknowledging, honoring, and celebrating the experiences, contributions, and lives of people of color at Emory.”

“This event is intended to serve as an opportunity for people of color at Emory to connect with one another,” the invitation said.

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