This “students of color” thing has struck a cord with me, and I probably should drop it however I can not, not yet.
The whole statement started a ton of offline conversations in my world yesterday with colleagues and friends with much and less melanin. The broader context for my readers is that these visit days are reflective of visit days for a graduate program in Theological Education makes even more offensive. Because it is “about Jesus” or it is supposed to be. Now I have learned through my exploration process that there is a lot of flaky “theology” being taught across America. In the one sector of Academia where there should be an effort promote cohesion in this particular instance, I do not see one. The reality, in recent years and months there, as been a great push among Theologians to embrace minorities and increase enrollment because it is an area that is truly “lily white.” For more than a few reasons some of them being you earn less on average after graduation, historically minority communities have not put great value on such education. And minorities have not been welcomed when open arms in the theological community.
I realize that hosting “students of color” visit days are one way to cure the problem, yet I question the appropriateness of it. The mere connotation is offensive to me and many of my friends. I would offer an alternative, have a solid list of visit days and then highlight what special things will occur on a given day thus given everyone the opportunity to choose what is important to them. Who knows a non-student of color may want to learn about the Latino or Black church in great detail as well or listen to some good ole down home Gospel music.