High school students from “historically underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds” are being offered an all-inclusive, all-expenses paid recruitment trip by Reed College in Oregon.

‘Discover Reed Fly-In’ is exclusively for United States high school seniors who are African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. The diversity recruitment program pays for all transportation, food, lodging, and offers a look into campus life.

The fly-in application gives the following qualifications for eligibility:

“You are eligible for this program if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is a high school senior from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds (African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander) who is living with the U.S. or U.S. territories. Preference will be given to students who have yet to visit Reed.”

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Applicants are required to fill out the application, write two essays, and upload an unofficial high school transcript.

Accepted students will spend several days on the campus of Reed College, mingling with faculty and staff, sitting in on classes, and getting to interact with current students. They will also take trips into Portland. The entire experience is designed to bring minority students to the campus and encourage them to attend Reed. Similar programs are offered at other schools as well; Barnard College, for example.

Campus Reform reached out to Reed College for a comment on the racial exclusivity of this program. A spokesperson claimed that Reed offers travel scholarships to students of all “cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds,” but not through the main fly-in program. The spokesperson claimed that there were different official programs that provided for this, but could not direct Campus Reform to any of them.

Eliot Hall at Reed College. PC: My Joomla

However, Reed’s Admissions website does not list any such official program. Outside of the Discover Reed Fly-In, the only other two programs listed were still for ‘historically underrepresented minorities’.

Professionals and scholars within the field of higher learning have criticized diversity strategies such as this. Glenn Ricketts, public affairs director for the National Association of Scholars, asked an important question: “What do you say to the students who have solid credentials, but don’t get considered because they’re not the right skin color?”

He further clarified by stating, “We should become serious about diversity…[but] now, it’s just become a code-word for race-consciousness.”

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(H/T: Campus Reform)

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