Good idea: A Texas Christian University professor recently reached out to students in an effort to help them succeed in his religion class. Bad idea: Santiago Piñón only reached out to "students of color." A portion of his message, procured by Inside Higher Ed:
- "At the beginning of the semester I usually like to invite all my students of color to get together and discuss the challenges they may face during the semester. ... I don't mind if this would turn out to be a study session for my STUDENTS OF COLOR ONLY."
The student who turned the email over to Inside Higher Ed says she noticed the nine recipients all had "Hispanic last names," she says. It's not clear whether any of Piñón's other students received a similar email from him. "I straight up just got segregated by my own teacher," the email recipient wrote when she posted the email on Facebook. But another recipient wasn't offended, and said it was a nice gesture considering the university has a fairly small Hispanic population. But one student told administrators about the email, and Piñón ended up canceling the study session. He calls the whole thing a "misunderstanding" and says all students were welcome to attend.