Washington elementary excludes White students from ‘safe space’ club, mentor program, email shows

A Washington elementary school is hosting a safe space that excludes white students, according to an email from the school’s principal.

Centennial Elementary in Olympia, Washington, established a fifth-grade “Black, Native and People of Color (BIPOC) Mentor Group” that the principal said does not include white students. A screenshot of an email Shared with the Jason Rentz Show on KTTH. The school district confirmed its authenticity.

The club meets weekly during lunch, and Centennial Elementary is reportedly in the early stages of developing a fourth-grade “BIPOC-only” student group and adding a student ally club.

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Screenshot of an email from Centennial Elementary School that outlines BIPOC groups. (TTH of the Jason Rentz Show)

According to an Olympia School District spokesperson, the BIPOC mentor group is an “outgrowth” of a district-wide effort to provide leadership and mentoring opportunities for students with an emphasis on “historically underrepresented populations who I include students of color and people affected by poverty.”

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A Washington elementary school is hosting a safe space mentor program that excludes white students.

A Washington elementary school is hosting a safe space mentor program that excludes white students. (iStock)

OSD sent a statement saying the group allows for “more honest and open discussions” around identification but added that they would remove any exemptions to participation.

“It serves students by providing opportunities for peer interaction and a space for social, emotional, and academic support. This space allows for more honest and open discussions about differences and identities, and that How influences one’s experiences in school. It is designed to be a student. A leadership group facilitated by a counselor to plan for leadership opportunities,” Susan Gifford, said OSD Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations.

“Groups like this are important to raise voices and play a critical role in helping our district create a responsible educational experience that meets the needs of all students,” he added. added. “At the same time, we recognize that they cannot be excluded. Going forward, we will ensure that school leadership and staff are specific about the purpose of these groups, as well as participation. remove any immunity for

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Affinity groups are a common practice among K-12 and collegiate institutions across the country for diversity, equity and inclusion.

The most recent example is the reporting last month of a school district in Rhode Island planning a “Teachers of Color” event, which was charged with violating state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

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