Ivy Leaguers propose race-based learner elections

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 2:15 AM

The Cornell Learner Gathering held an open meeting early this mo on the topic of “restructuring” to address minority underrepresentation in learner government.

Ivy Leaguers propose race-based learner elections

In a effort to promote “greater inclusion and representation” on campus, some students at Cornell Univ have proposed learner government elections—based entirely on race.

The Cornell Learner Gathering held an open meeting early this mo on the topic of “restructuring” to address minority underrepresentation in learner government. The gathering has already taken a no of measures intended to address the problem.

For example, the gathering currently includes special liaison positions for minority students, international students, LGBTQ students, female students and first-generation college students. But it was determined that more modify was needed to address “the systemic exclusion” of minority voices.

According to a report in the Cornell Daily Sun, some students complained that the “minority” liaison position was too broad; maybe each racial minority grouping should've its own special representative. That suggestion raised questions about who should be allowed to vote for these race-specific positions, and the answer, according to some students, was to establish a race-specific voting system.

The Cornell Review reports:

“People in the minority group, not people in the majority group, should select their representative,” clarified one person to a thunderous circular of snaps.

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