New student housing designed for African-American students and culture is coming to San Francisco State University.
African-American students make up just under 6 percent of the campus population and it’s unclear how many dorm rooms will be dedicated to African-American culture.
University officials says the plans are in the very early stages.
Last spring a cellphone video captured a racially-charged encounter at the SF State campus.
In the video, an African-American woman is upset and gets physical with a white man about his dreadlocks.
Now, campus officials are responding to demands from the Black Student Union to create a new space on campus where students can safely live and talk about issues affecting African-Americans.
SF State spokesman Jonathan Morales said, “We want to be pro-active responding to some of the issues that have been brought out by the Black Lives Matter movement and we want to work with our student leaders in the Black Student Union and other students of color organizations to make sure that our living and learning community here is inclusive…”
SF State already has several themed dorm floors – one for science and tech, another for business, and another for civil and community engagement – this newest theme though would be specific around race and culture. They are calling it an Afro-themed dorm floor.
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SOURCE: Jessica Flores
CBS SF Bay Area