Cornell Erases Racially-Segregated Rock Climbing Class From Website

Cornell Erases Racially-Segregated Rock Climbing Class From Website


Cornell University changed the description for a racially-segregated rock climbing course after a student journalist confronted the university. 

According to a website archive, Cornell offered a course to students for the spring 2021 semester titled “BIPOC Rock Climbing.” The class was restricted to “people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or other people of color.” After a contributor for Campus Reform brought the course to the university’s attention, the school changed the course description. 

The new description claims that the course was “designed to enable Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or other people of color underrepresented in the sport of rock climbing to learn the sport and to feel included and supported.” 

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Cornell spokesman John Carberry told Campus Reform the “BIPOC Rock Climbing” course is available to every racial group. 

“All Cornell students are welcome to enroll in this course,” Carberry said. “While the original description of the course represented an intentional focus on outreach and inclusion, there was

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