The University of Minnesota was the subject of a civil rights complaint last week for enacting a research program that offers applicants a $6,000 stipend but is restricted to students of color.
The Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program, which the school describes as an “intensive 10 week summer program in which undergraduate students of color work full-time with a faculty mentor on a research project,” is explicitly restricted to those who “identify as a student of color or Native American.” Participants, who were asked for their demographic information as part of the application, receive a $6,000 stipend for personal and research expenses and another stipend provided to the faculty adviser for the research.
The Equal Protection Project, an initiative of the Legal Insurrection Foundation, sent a complaint
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