The University of Maryland came under fire after a group at the university’s Counseling Center posted a flyer promoting a “safe space” for White students. The flyer stated that the group, called White Awake, was a place for “White students to explore their experiences, questions, reactions, and feelings” on race. It also posed the question “Do you feel uncomfortable or confused before, during or after interactions with racial and ethnic minorities?”
After a lot of backlash from the student body, the university discontinued the use of the flyer and released a statement saying they were open to changing the group’s name. The statement read that the “purpose of the group is to promote anti-racism and become a better ally.”
White Awake is now listed as the Anti-Racism and Ally Building Group on the university’s counseling center website.