- Albert Laguna: Make race and ethnic studies courses mandatory for all students
- School curricula either minimize discussions of race or worse, attempt to sanitize the past, he says
Albert Laguna is an assistant professor of ethnicity, race and migration and American studies at Yale University and a 2015 Public Voices Fellow at The Op-Ed Project. The views expressed are his own.
(CNN)In the last few weeks, colleges have been rattled by stories of racial tension on campus. This week, the president of the University of Missouri resigned after black football players promised to boycott games in response to his administration's failure to adequately address racially charged incidents on campus. Last week, the president of the University of Louisville apologized for dressing up as a "Mexican" at a Halloween party. And at Yale, where I am a professor, students are demonstrating against a campus climate they describe as inhospitable to students of color.