University Faces Backlash Over Research Program Reserved For Non-White Applicants

The University of Minnesota’s Office of Undergraduate Studies has faced criticism after opening its paid undergraduate internship program application to non-white applicants only.

The Equal Protection Project of the Legal Insurrection Foundation is calling on the university to change its application process and allow all students to apply.

“The U. Minnesota segregated summer program is inexcusable, and it’s shocking that a major university would so openly make educational opportunities open only to students of a certain skin color,” Bill Jacobson, president of the Equal Protection Project (EPP) said. “ calls on the university immediately to open-up the summer program to students of all races, ethnicities, and skin colors.”

From Fox News:

According to the UMN's Office of Undergraduate Studies' website, the Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program (MSROP) is, "an intensive 10-week summer program in which undergraduate students of color work full-time with a faculty mentor on a research project." 

Students who are selected to participate in the program will receive a $6,000 stipend for personal and research expenses, the program website says. However, to be eligible for the program, applicants must be a person of color.