The recent incidents highlighting racial tensions on University of California campuses have had an unexpected if not unpredictable result at UC Irvine — enrollment in the school’s course on white identity has boomed.
April 1 was the first meeting this quarter of the Cross Cultural Center’s elective course, “Whiteness, White Identity and Racial Justice,” and Mike Knox, a doctoral student at UCLA who created the UCI course in 2007, said it’s his biggest class yet.
“It was a big turn out for this class. It’s the largest to date,” Knox said. “Three of the students cited recent events (particularly the Compton Cookout at UC San Diego) as part of the reason they were interested in the class.”
In the past, the curriculum has focused on dissecting white identity at the university, in the media and in U.S. history. This quarter’s class will touch on the racial outbursts that have occurred in recent months at UC campuses.