California professor bans college Republicans from Women's History Month events
A professor at Orange Coast College in California barred members of a school club from attending Women's History Month events last March, advocating for a "safe space event."
OCC professor of sociology and gender studies Jessica Ayo Alabi reportedly emailed campus officials stating her intent to ban members of the school's Republican Club from attending an African American/Women's roundtable discussion this past March. According to the Washington Examiner, Alabi explained the event and defended her position to tell the Republican Club they "could not come" to the event in an email.
"I just want everyone to be advised that the African American female students has and still have an expectation that this is a safe space event," Alabi wrote. "If the college will not stand up to the Republicans club, I have decided to stand up for myself and other students."
The OCC Republicans then notified Alabi that she did not have the right to block students from attending college-sponsored events on campus. The club members went even further, though, and constructed a list of demands in hopes that this treatment against conservatives did not go unresolved:
- That an investigation be opened, or reopened, into Jessica Alibi discriminating against Republican club members, and conservative students as self-reported by her via public email to you.
- That upon the completion of the investigation if it's proven that Professor Alabi discriminated against students on the basis of their ideological viewpoint and party affiliation that, at the least, she be suspended from teaching for two non-intersession semesters at Orange Coast College, and if possible as well as the Coast Community College District, and be permitted to return after that suspension once she's attended an in-depth training on student's rights and preventing viewpoint discrimination, as well as be required to write a one page long apology letter to the OCC Republicans and the members effected by her actions.
- That President Harkins write a letter to the Board of Trustees supporting the revision and ratification of board policy changes proposed by our club in early April to the Board of Trustees that would amend current district policies to protect students from discrimination on the basis of political affiliations and ideological beliefs .
- That Orange Coast College will take measures to start, or improve, training for faculty and staff on how to respect students' rights, viewpoints, and be trained on what viewpoint discrimination is to prevent future instances.
A different OCC professor was caught on tape in 2016 calling Trump supporters "terrorists."
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