Hampshire College Thursday free admission to all New College of Florida students in good standing. The offer also includes a counterpart of their tuition fees, much more important for Hampshire students that Florida students.
“This opportunity is in response to the ongoing attacks on the New College of Florida aimed at limiting intellectual exploration, rolling back progress toward inclusion, and restricting open discussion about race, injustice, and stories of oppression,” Hampshire said. “By pledging to impose a tightly politicized curriculum on New College, the newly appointed trustees have broken promises to its current students to support a self-directed and rigorous education grounded in a commitment to free inquiry.”
The college added, “What is happening at New College of Florida is just the most radical example of increasingly aggressive efforts to suppress meaningful examination of the realities of our society and curb the advancement of ideals. democratic aspirations which should be the mission of higher education. . Increasingly, public institutions are being targeted by those who attempt to censor discussions of racism, white supremacy, gender identity, structural barriers to equity, and the reproduction of oppressive hierarchies. It doesn’t serve the students, it doesn’t serve democracy, and it certainly doesn’t serve the world these students seek to improve.
A Hampshire spokeswoman said CBS News that four students applied to the college on Thursday.
A Florida Department of Education spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.