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University of Connecticut black-only learning community draws mixed reactions




An exterior view of Rentschler Field before a game in East Hartford, Connecticut.
An exterior view of Rentschler Field before a game in East Hartford, Connecticut.
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The University of Connecticut is setting aside specific rooms in its new dorm building for more than 40 African-American male students.

On average, male Black students academically underperform at UConn. The school hopes having the students live together and will boost their grades and graduation rates.

The Universities of Minnesota and Iowa have set up similar segregated areas in dorms.

Do you think this is a good response to some minority students' concerns that they have a hard time feeling comfortable on some college campuses? If you were in the distinct minority at the college you attended, would you have liked to have a separate area of the dorms for students of your race, ethnicity, or religion?

Guests:

Nolan Cabrera, assistant professor of education at the University of Arizona; Cabrera's primary research interests include race/racism in higher education

Joe Hicks, co-founder and vice president of Community Advocates, Inc., a Los Angeles-based human and civil rights organization