Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is funding a minorities-only meditation program for individuals who have experienced race-related stress.
On January 25, Vince Greer, the Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion at CMC, distributed the following message to the students, faculty and staff of the college:
“Dear CMC community, The Cultural Influences on Mental Health Center at CMC is offering a FREE 8-week compassionate meditation program for ethnic minority students to learn how to heal from racism- and race-related incidents. Students must identify as an ethnic minority, must have experienced race-related stress, and must have attended one of the Claremont Colleges for at least one semester. If you meet these requirements and are in need of such services, you are eligible to sign up!” [emphasis original.]
Dean Greer’s email continues to state that while Professor Wei-Chin Hwang will head the healing program, it will be “co-led by two students.” Hwang is a tenured, full-time professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College with expertise in “Cultural Competency” and “Race & Social Problems.” Greer’s email to the community closes by making clear that the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Claremont McKenna has approved the program.
Many students have expressed concerns about the racial exclusi…
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