According to emails and documentation obtained by Campus Reform, Andrew Davis, a student at the University of South Florida (USF), was denied mental health support because he did not belong to the black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) community.
Davis had requested to attend the BIPOC group therapy session as it was the only one that suited his schedule after finding out that none of the "Understanding Self and Others" (USO) sessions were available at his preferred time.
In the email that he sent to the counseling center, Davis inquired, “I am interested in attending a USO group meeting after completing the pre-group appointment but the only day/time that works for me is Wednesdays during the BIPOC students-only group. I am not a BIPOC student but was wondering if I would still be able to attend?”
“Unfortunately, we do need to keep this space speci?c to BIPOC folks ... Hopefully you’ll be able to catch another one either during Winter break and/or next semester," the USF Counseling Center responded to Davis, according to Campus Reform.
After he got the response, Davis filed a complaint with USF'S Office of Compliance & Ethics on Oct. 5, 2022. But he did not get a response from the office until Feb. 8 of this year. Campus Reform noted:
According to Davis, during an Oct. 18 Microsoft Teams information-gathering meeting regarding this issue, Equal Opportunity Officer Kenneth Thomas “was accusatory" and "asked me if I even knew what BIPOC meant and if I understood the importance of those groups having their own discussion."
"He did not seem concerned about my complaint and was more worried about the University's ability to continue these groups," Davis told the outlet.
When the office finally did respond early last month, it said: "The Counseling Center will not prohibit any category of student [from] participating in specialized counseling groups unless specific exception, or a medical mandate is identified that may support exclusivity."
Recently, Campus Reform also reported on conservative activist Chris Rufo's investigations into the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives at USF. His findings highlight how deeply this ideology has penetrated the Florida school. One document unearthed in his probe said: “Knowledge about the ongoing history of institutionalized, structural racism and white supremacy and their interactions with other forms of oppression is critical to building a just, equitable, and democratic future for the United States.”
The University of South Florida has adopted a radical “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) program that claims America is a force for “white supremacy,” encourages students to attend racially segregated counseling programs to address their “privilege” and “oppression,” and promotes a variety of left-wing causes, including “reparations,” “defund the police,” and “prison abolition.”
I have obtained a trove of public documents exposing the university’s DEI programming, much of which, according to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, the university tried to delete from its website following Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s recent request for information on DEI in the state’s public universities.
These materials, when viewed together, present a concerning picture of USF's diversity bureaucracy. The institution has adopted a left-leaning approach to race, creating a new standard of orthodoxy and implementing a policy of racial preference and discrimination, he noted further. It categorizes individuals as either oppressors or the oppressed, promoting "anti-racism" as the solution and advocating for "racial identity development," which, in practice, resembles a form of cult programming, as the required method of atonement.
The initial stage of this programming involves denouncing American society. After the death of George Floyd in 2020, virtually every aspect of USF publicly criticized the United States as inherently racist, Rufo noted.
It only got worse -- and more anti-white racist -- from there.