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Jeff Bezos donates 33 million for DACA scholarships

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently donated millions of dollars to TheDream.US, a national scholarship fund for illegal immigrant students.

The billionaire owner of The Washington Post and his wife donated $33 million to the group, which supports DACA recipients, marking the largest donation in the organization's history.

“MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today’s Dreamers by funding these scholarships,” Bezos remarked in a press release, which noted that his donation will “fund 1,000 college scholarships for Dreamers.”

[RELATED: California to provide $30 million to DACA recipients]

“He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English,” Bezos continued, speaking of his father who immigrated to the U.S. when he was 16. “With a lot of grit and determination—and the help of some remarkable organizations in Delaware—my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways.”

According to CNBC, Bezos joined 100 other business leaders in sending a letter in support of DACA to congressional leaders, with Tim Cook of Apple, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Sundar Pichai of Google, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook also signing their names to letter.

“We write to urge Congress to act immediately and pass a permanent bipartisan legislative solution to enable Dreamers who are currently living, working, and contributing to our communities to continue doing so,” the letter states. “The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country.”

TheDream.US offers two scholarships—one that provides up to $80,000 for a bachelor’s degree and another that awards between $14,500 and $29,000 for those who have already completed an associates degree program.

The organization’s National Scholarship is offered to individuals with DACA or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who have graduated high school or community college, while its Opportunity Scholarship is specifically for individuals who “live in targeted, locked-out states that do not offer in-state tuition to DREAMers.”

[RELATED: DACA lawsuits show universities fear loss of tuition revenue]

In addition to its scholarships, TheDream.US partners with colleges and universities “that are committed to serving

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Advisor resigns after wishing Allie Stuckey a metoo moment

An advisor for Georgetown University has resigned after eliciting criticism for a tweet in which he wished for Allie Stuckey to have a “#metoo moment.”

“Wishing you a #metoo moment. Maybe then you won’t be so insensitive,” Master of Foreign Service (MSFS) advisory board member Jeff Bernstein tweeted to Stuckey on Saturday afternoon in response to a tweet she had sent out stating that “The #metoo moment is a symptom of a broken world.”

[RELATED: Georgetown advisor hopes Allie Stuckey has ‘#metoo moment’]

Joel Hellman, dean of Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, told Campus Reform in a statement that Bernstein has now resigned from his position with the university.

“Encouraging, threatening or condoning violence and harassment against another person, in any form and on any format, is deeply inconsistent with the values of the program, our school and our university,” Hellman said. “We appreciate Mr. Bernstein's efforts to apologize for recent comments deeply inconsistent with our values and mission and have accepted his resignation from the MSFS Board of Advisors.”

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Bernstein tweeted a series of apologies following his initial tweet, which Stuckey says she has accepted.

“I apologize,” Bernstein tweeted at one point. “I shouldn’t have said that. I thought you were implying that the fact that this moment is happening meant that the world was not functioning properly, similar to how you have minimized the terrible things Trump has said/done. I would never wish harm on anyone.”

Bernstein subsequently told Campus Reform that he deeply regrets making the post, and reiterated his apology.

“I apologize for making a stupid and insensitive comment. I would never wish harm on anyone and apologized to Allie repeatedly,” Bernstein said. “I feel terribly. I have been a continuous voice against gender bias. As a father of three, I am embarrassed and this is a lesson for me that words have power.”

[RELATED: Purdue staff member calls pro-life students ‘vile, racist idiots’]

Stuckey told Campus Reform that she appreciates that Georgetown has stuck by its values during this incident.

“Mr. Bernstein has since sent me a message that I have taken as a sincere apology, a

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10383

UNH offers Unpacking Whiteness workshop for faculty staff

An upcoming University of New Hampshire workshop will help faculty and staff in “examining” their “whiteness” and learn to create “a community that is racially just.”

On January 17, UNH is set to hold a training workshop for white faculty and staff members to teach “what white people can do about racism,” titling the event, “Unpacking Whiteness: A workshop on examining whiteness and focusing your work to end systemic racism.”

[RELATED: Feminist prof to teach class lamenting ‘American Whiteness’]

According to the event flyer, the workshop will ask such questions as, “What does it mean to be ‘white’ in our country today?” and “Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable in multiracial groups?”  

These examinations are meant to help individuals become “skilled allies” and “partners” with their “colleagues of color” in order to “advance equitable outcomes in [their] personal and professional lives.”

“Racism is not just about individual acts of meanness. It also includes those invisible systems that confer advantages on those people considered white while disadvantaging people of color,” the flyer elaborates. “These invisible systems have concrete results on the social, economic, and political health of our communities and nation.”

[RELATED: Profs say classroom ‘civility’ promotes ‘white racial power’]

Event facilitators Lu Ferrell and Michele Holt-Shannon told Campus Reform that the goal of the event is to help participants “gain a stronger sense of community and a feeling of empowerment in working towards racial justice and inclusivity on campus” by introducing them to subtle forms of racism.

“Participants in this workshop will engage in constructive and reflective conversations focused on examining and understanding racial bias and systemic racism,” they said. “The main purpose of the workshop is to provide space for folks to explore this topic and gain skills that will enable participants to become genuine partners in creating a community that is racially just.”

The facilitators also pointed out that the workshop is voluntary, and while this particular event is for faculty and staff, they “have offered similar workshops to students, community members, an

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10382

Troy Worden takes third-place among 2017s Higher Ed Heroes

Conservative activist and former Berkeley College Republicans President Tory Worden took third place in Campus Reform’s 2017 Higher Ed Heroes competition.

Worden, a Campus Reform Campus Correspondent, attained national prominence for inviting several conservative and controversial speakers to his liberal campus, most notably Milo Yiannopoulos, whose presence on campus sparked the now-infamous riots.

[RELATED: Worden: cops would only step-in for ‘life threatening’ event]

Amid the fallout from the riots, Worden made several appearances on national television, including Fox News, to discuss his experiences on campus, and was subsequently harassed and even stalked by Antifa members.

In one instance, prominent Antifa activist Yvette Felarca even filed a restraining order against Worden, though a California court subsequently dismissed the motion, and recently ordered Felarca to pay $11,000 in damages for her “frivolous” claims.

[RELATED: Tucker Carlson takes #4 spot in Higher Ed Heroes competition]

“Felarca’s frivolous legal actions were meant to intimidate me and hinder my political activism, but also prevented me from going to class,” Worden recently told Campus Reform. “I can now go on with my main purpose at UC Berkeley, which is to get an education and exercise my free speech rights without interference.”

Stay tuned as Campus Reform announces the remaining finalists in its Higher Ed Heroes competition.

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Ole Miss wont rule out microaggression-related suspensions

The University of Mississippi (UM) has declined to clarify if students can be suspended or expelled for committing a single microaggression, in light of reports suggesting just that.

On January 5, Inside Higher Education reporter Jeremy Bauer-Wolf reported that “At the University of Mississippi, it’s possible that a single offensive remark could land a student in trouble,” but did not specify what type of punishment could result.

After some media outlets later suggested the policy could result in suspension or expulsion, Campus Reform reached out to UM for clarification, asking if a student could be suspended or expelled after making a single offensive remark.

[RELATED: University shuts down bias reporting system after complaint]

School spokesperson Lisa G. Stone responded with a statement from Perry Sansing, the school’s interim general counsel, who argued that the policy is consistent with First Amendment protections.

“The policy allows UM to take action when one person harasses another and to cure a hostile environment before the harassment causes significant harm,” the statement said, concluding by noting that “the policy does not require that a first offense be punished.”

Campus Reform followed up with UM by pointing out that the statement failed specify whether the school could punish a student for an offensive comment under this policy, but received no clarification.

[RELATED: New policy would make it easier for UMD to punish students]

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has received no reports of UM suspending or expelling students for a single offensive remark, FIRE Vice President of Policy Research Samantha Harris told Campus Reform.

Harris also noted that the school’s harassment policy itself appears to be consistent with the First Amendment and how the Supreme Court has defined misconduct.

However, she did note that there was a “tension” between the school’s otherwise acceptable harassment policy and the statements made by outgoing general counsel Lee Tyner, whose comments inspired the initial article by Inside Higher Ed.

“Some people would say you can’t punish a one-off racial slur because it’s not pervasive,” Tyner told Inside Higher Ed, adding that his job was to “stop them from doing it again and again before it becomes pervasive.”

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10380



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