A far-left college that told white students and faculty they were unwelcome on campus last year for a series of seminars for minorities now is laying off faculty and staff because of a massive plunge in enrollment.
The report about Evergreen State College comes from Campus Reform, which has monitored the situation since the latest scandal developed for the Olympia, Washington, school.
The institution long has been known as a haven for left-wing extremism. In 2001, Professor Larry Mosqueda infamously declared: “If we multiply by 800-1,000 times the amount of pain, angst, and anger being currently felt by the American public, we might begin to understand how much the rest of the world feels as they are continually victimized [by the U.S.]. ”
The new report says Evergreen is “is eliminating dozens of staff positions as it struggles to cope with plummeting enrollment in the wake of the protests that engulfed campus last year.”
The notice from John Carmichael, secretary to the college’s trustees, delivered the word to staff and faculty members that the school has already cut 24 faculty lines and eliminated 19 vacant staff positions.
He warned, too, that another 20 staff members have been told they might lose their jobs.
The moves are part of efforts to cut $5.9 million from the college’s budget, necessitated because of a massive collapse in enrollment.
Student applications are down as much as 20 percent.
There were riots on campus last year, protests and legal action when the school declared whites unwelcome.
Then-professor Bret Weinstein questioned the actions, and student protesters besieged his classroom, held President George Bridges hostage in his office and forced him to “adopt their demands for additional diversity-related initiatives,” the report said.
At the time, rather than disciplining or expelling disruptive students, the college president thanked the protesters and rewarded them with concessions.
Weinstein had told other faculty and staff members: “There is a huge difference between a group or coalition deciding to voluntarily absent themselves from a shared space in order to highlight their vital and underappreciated roles … and a group or coalition encouraging another group to go away. The first is a forceful call to consciousness which is, of course, crippling to the logic of oppression. The second is a show of force, and an act of oppression in and of itself.”
Scott Greer, author of “No Campus For White Men,” at the time expressed only contempt for such conduct by the college.
“It’s completely insane, but not surprising,” said Greer. “We have a college president groveling and thanking the students who threw the campus into chaos. We have a college administration openly endorsing racial segregation. We have a college handing out more entitlements and financial gifts in what can only be regarded as something akin to paying off a ransom for a hostage. We have a college [president] thanking students for essentially threatening the physical safety of one of his own professors. The worst part is that this is probably not even the peak of campus madness, but only a harbinger of what’s in store for other campuses.”
Late last year, the college reached a $500,000 settlement with Weinstein, who along with his wife resigned from their positions because of the protests.
They filed a $3.85 million claim alleging the college failed to “protect its employees from repeated provocative and corrosive verbal and written hostility based on race, as well as threats of physical violence.”
The students this year continued their campaign, with some modifications.
They demanded a series of events, both on and off campus, with some designated for all comers, while others were restricted to “POC,” or people of color.
Lawmakers viewed the publicly funded college’s antics as objectionable, and even considered forcing it to privatize last year.