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University of Minnesota faces backlash over summer research program restricted to non-white applicants

An advocacy is pressing the University of Minnesota’s Office of Undergraduate Studies after the taxpayer-funded university program opened its paid undergraduate internship program application to only non-white applicants. 

The Equal Protection Project of the Legal Insurrection Foundation is calling for the University of Minnesota (UMN) to change its application process and open its summer internship programs to all students regardless of skin color.

“The U. Minnesota segregated summer program is inexcusable, and it’s shocking that a major university would so openly make educational opportunities open only to students of a certain skin color,” Bill Jacobson, president of the Equal Protection Project (EPP), told Fox News Digital. “EqualProtect.org calls on the university immediately to open-up the summer program to students of all races, ethnicities, and skin colors.”

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University of Minnesota students made their way about campus during Friday’s blustry weather. (Marlin Levison/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

“There is no good form of racial discrimination. Depriving white students of educational opportunities does not promote racial or any other form of justice,” Jacobson continued. “U. Minnesota’s conduct is inexcusable.”

In its application, the program states that the purpose of the program is “to prepare students of color and Native Americans for graduate school.” The application process requests for inquiring students to fill out demographic information. 

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Opening day of classes at UM — Students use a pedestrian bridge to cross Washington Ave. on their way to the first day of classes on the U of M campus.   (MARLIN LEVISON/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

On Friday, May 19, the EPP sent an official federal civil rights complaint to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) exposing the university’s discrimination and demanding for UMN’s discriminatory practices to be discontinued immediately and take all necessary enforcement action. 


“We believe that the remedy for racism can never be more racism, it’s equal treatment of all persons.”

— Bill Jacobson, President of The Equal Protection Project

“At EqualProtect.org we believe that the remedy for racism can never be more racism, it’s equal treatment of all persons without regard to race,” Jacobson continued. “Unfortunately, U. Minnesota appears to think that pitting students against each other based on race by making educational opportunities available based on skin color is the answer, but that just compounds the problems.”


University of Minnesota and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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