Mark Perry, of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), notes that the University of Rhode Island has made the list of American institutions of higher education under investigation by the federal Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for possible violations of Title IX:
The University just accepted $1 million from Karen L. Adams for single-sex, female-only scholarships that will discriminate based on sex (no male students are allowed to apply and that scholarship funding openly excludes male students from participation based on sex, and that scholarship funding openly denies male students from the benefits of that funding in violation of Title IX.
This isn’t the only discriminatory program at URI. In 2017, I became aware of a chemistry camp at the university available for free to Rhode Island middle school students, as long as they are female. The 2019 camp was in April. In fact, the week-long camp is so popular that it’s full, and participation is limited to those who have not gone in the past:
A weeklong chemistry camp for Rhode Island girls in grades 6-8. Girls will come to URI every day (transportation not included) from 9 am to 4 pm April 15-19, and take part in a full day of interactive science education. Each day has a THEME, will include lunch and snack, and will allow girls to participate in hands-on science experiments. No experience is necessary, just an interest in science and a sense of fun! We will talk with female scientists in interesting professions, travel to Mystic Aquarium, and visit the Narragansett Bay Commission. THE CAMP IS FREE; students are expected to figure out their own transportation to and from URI daily.
When I first noticed the program, I contacted the professor who runs it, Mindy Levine. She acknowledged that “research that [she had] read on boys’ education indicates clearly that current educational models are designed for girls and the way girls learn, and that all children (but especially boys) would benefit from more extensive hands-on, experiential learning.” Professor Levine said she would be willing to work with somebody on a program for boys, but I’m not able to find any that have been developed.
This is the seventh year of the girls program, funded by Pfizer, and it accommodates 40 girls (or boys who identify as girls).