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Indiana College Offers Certificate For Workshops On Racism And Safe Spaces

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An Indiana college offers a “Social Justice Certificate” for students and faculty who take workshops on racism, privilege and safe spaces, Campus Reform reported Tuesday.

Franklin College offers the certification for free, alongside workshops that include “Leadership in the Context of Social Justice,” “Race, Racism & Privilege” and two parts of a “Safe Zone” course run during the 2017-2018 school calendar, according to Campus Reform.

“The Social Justice Certificate helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing social justice in various aspects of their personal and professional lives,” reads the school’s description of the program. “The certificate series offers a theoretical framework for understanding issues of social justice, helps participants develop the skills necessary for social justice work and gives participants direct experience communicating across differences.”

Each workshop lasts an hour, except for the two “Safe Zone” workshops, which are each two hours in length.

“It can be tempting to keep the discussions at a surface level in order to avoid hurt, anger, shame and guilt,” says the description for “Race, Racism & Privilege.” “Open and honest discussions on race, as well as basic history and context that are often neglected in the discussions, are necessary for us to address the racial inequities that continue to challenge our personal relationships, institutions, and society.”

Another workshop teaches students and faculty about privilege, power, oppression, how to be an “ally” and “equity.” Several of the other workshops also teach about “equity,” which is “code for equality of outcome,” according to University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson. (RELATED: Inside The ‘Equity Council’ Established Before Evergreen Protests)

While “Safe Zone One” addresses privilege, terms and “coming out” for the LGBTQ community, “Safe Zone Two” teaches gender identity, being a good “ally” and transgender individuals.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Franklin College for comment, but received none in time for publication.

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