A Northwestern University student was rejected for a “diversity and inclusion post” in student government because he is a white, heterosexual male, resulting in a sharp rebuke from the university’s student newspaper.
Northwestern University’s Associated Student Government rejected the nomination of Stephen Piotrkowski for associate vice president of diversity and inclusion last week. The student-run committee “oversees diversity initiatives that stem from the undergraduate student body.”
Piotrkowski’s nomination sparked a heated discussion during an ASG meeting – described by a student reporter as “contentious.”
“This university is not ready, in any capacity, for a heterosexual white male to be in charge in any way of diversity and inclusion,” said Ian Coley, a member of the diversity committee. “I don’t know if any university is.”
ASG president Ani Ajith refused to answer questions about the matter. When asked by Fox News if he agreed with Coley’s remarks, Ajith hung up his phone.
“Piotrkowski was rejected on the basis that he is a white, heterosexual male,” the Daily Northwestern editorial board charged in a staff editorial.
A spokesman for Northwestern University told Fox News the ASG is a student organization and as such “it would not be appropriate for the university’s communication office to speak on their behalf.”
The outgoing vice president for diversity and inclusion had endorsed Piotrkowsi as the best candidate for the job – noting that he identifies with a religious minority and has a sister who is gay.
And Campus Reform reported that he had previously served as a member of the Northwestern Inclusion Task Force – created last year to help advocate for campus diversity.
“The fact that senators did not take Piotrkowski’s relevant experiences into consideration and rejected him on the basis of race, gender and sexual orientation symbolizes a step backward for our community in diversity conversations,” the newspaper noted.