DAVIS (CBS13) – Some are calling it segregation and a step backwards, while others say it’s a boost for the black student population. At Cal State Los Angeles, a new housing program opens up dorms for black students who want to be separated from the rest of the campus.
The housing option is generating criticism on social media. The campus is setting aside 20 spots in their 192 unit dorm complex for African-American students and others who share similar interests or concerns.
A similar housing option is available at UC Davis.
“I think we should support different communities wanting to be together, but there shouldn’t be specific White or Black or Asian dormitories,” says UC Davis student Teresa Chylkova.
Sydney DeLone is the president of the Black Student Union at UC Davis. She spent her freshman year living at Campbell Hall, at the African-American housing complex, where roughly 45-70 students are accommodated per year. DeLone says
DeLone says it’s a positive opportunity for the black student population to have a home base to come home to.
“It was definitely a safe space because you see people that look like you, that are going through the same things you’re going through,” says DeLone. Keep reading