“Like all entrenched systems, our department is not innocent of racism”
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This is what happens when the political narrative becomes more important than the subject being studied.
The College Fix reports:
Wake Forest University offers new ‘antiracist use of math’ class
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Wake Forest University this fall is offering a “racist and anti-racist uses of math and statistics class” in an effort to combat racism within the discipline of mathematics and the math department itself, according to the scholar who created it.
“Like all entrenched systems, our department is not innocent of racism,” stated Professor Sarah Raynor, chair of Wake Forest’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, in a memo to the department. “The time has come for us to focus on fighting racism and making plans to create a more equitable educational space.”
Raynor describes the class as a one-credit course that will delve into topics such as gerrymandering and racist predictive policing. In her memo, she also noted the math department has created a department-level bias reporting system.
Raynor and media affairs at Wake Forest University did not respond to repeated requests for comment from The College Fix.
In an interview with the WFU student paper Old Black and Gold, Raynor said “You don’t have to be a declared math major or an upper-level student or anything, you just have to have interest in how the math department is handling racism and antiracism and other systemic inequity issues to show up, and we would love to hear from students at all levels.”
The newspaper described the course as “discussion centered, and will act as a pilot for what will eventually become a larger assortment of classes surrounding the idea of anti racist math.”
In addition to the new anti-racism math class, the math department at Wake Forest has placed a declaration at the top of its webpage that affirms Black Lives Matter, pledges to try and hire more faculty of color and launch microaggression trainings, and organize a math/stats colloquium on social justice.
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