University of Maryland

University Removes Fliers for Group Called 'White Awake'

September 14, 2018 - 10:49 am

(KNX 1070) -- A student group at the University of Maryland is seeking to serve as a "safe space" for "white students," who want to speak openly about race.

The group initially called themselves "White Awake," and says they seek to promote anti-racism.

But, a promotional flyer for the group had some questioning its intentions. And the school's counseling center announced early Friday that they'll stop using the flyer, noting that it wasn't clear enough in conveying the group's purpose.  

The group is currently listed on the University's website as "Anti-Racism and Ally Building Group” and has removed all references to "safe space" and "white students." 

The group's mission is now described on the site as: "Do you want to improve your ability to relate to and connect with people different from yourself? Do you want to become a better ally? Members will support and share feedback with each other as they learn more about themselves and how they can fit into a diverse world."