It’s back to school time again and new college students enrolled at Cornell University are reportedly having to check their privilege in new welcoming packets. As BizPac Review reports, new students are receiving an “orientation packet” which includes a checklist for students to determine whether they are “privileged” or “oppressed.”
According to BizPac Review, a student was uncomfortable with the personal assessment and shared its contents with Campus Reform who then shared its contents online.
A copy of the document from the student shows the assessment outlines several social stigmas and demographic differences, then allowing a person to asses whether they fit into “groups that experience privilege in a U.S. context” or “groups that are marginalized or oppressed in a U.S. context.”
The 15 categories include gender and gender identity, race, sexual orientation, age, financial bracket or economic “class,” educational level, one’s religious views, nationality, whether the person was raised with both, one or neither biological parents. It also asks about a person’s physical disabilities, their ethnicity, their physical size and appearance, their English-speaking capabilities, and whether or not they are married or have children.
Depending on how one evaluates each of these traits determines whether they are “privileged” or are “oppressed.”
Check it out:
And, from BizPac Review:
If you are “temporarily able-bodied,” you must have privilege according to the sheet as “people with a physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability” are oppressed. The document also lists “age” as a category, ranking those in their “30s to early 50s” privileged compared to “younger and older” demographics.
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Altogether, if an incoming female Cornell student is a racial minority, has an accent, is in their late teens or early 20s, and was raised by a single parent, they are “marginalized or oppressed” in at least five ways despite their background, socioeconomic status, or life experiences.
The checklist, and the BizPac Review article fails to note the average cost of attendance at the Ivy League school is north of $70,000. This figure, obtained via College Data, includes more than $52,000 worth of tuition and fees, more than $14,000 to live on campus, and more than $900 in book costs.
According to College Data, just more than half of first-year students at Cornell (55 percent) are receiving financial aide, and only 51 percent of the student body as a whole is receiving aide to help fund their schooling.
In a much more conservative figure, CBS News reports Cornell University’s cost of attendance is $57,091, ranking it the 21st most expensive college in the United States.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 21, 2018