Professor Invites "STUDENTS OF COLOR ONLY" to Study Group

Santiago Pinon is an assistant professor of religion at Texas Christian University, a school with a student body that is about 11% Hispanic. He is rather indelicate with his class emails.

As Inside Higher Ed reports, Pinon sent an email last week to some—but not all—students in one of his religion classes. It read: "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. However, the time slipped by and I didn't get a chance. So, I would like to ask if you are interested in a get together on Monday afternoon? We can also discuss the exam that is coming up, if you want. I don't mind if this would turn out to be a study session for my STUDENTS OF COLOR ONLY."

Pinon's motivations may have been noble. There are certainly unique challenges faced by students of color in an environment like Texas Christian University. But there are a couple of problems with his email:

1) He apparently chose its recipients simply by going through the list of students and picking out the ones with "Hispanic last names," not all of whom even identify as "students of color."

2) When questioned about the email, Pinon told Inside Higher Ed, "I should have been more clear in that the study group is open to all students." This would seem to be contradicted by the line of the email that reads, "I don't mind if this would turn out to be a study session for my STUDENTS OF COLOR ONLY."

No matter how fucking annoying white Texas Christians may be, you still have to invite them to your study group.

[Inside Higher Ed. Photo: plerd/ Flickr]