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UCLA Makes Students Pay for Social Justice Activism While Others Police ‘Toxic Masculinity’

'Service fees' of $376 per semester aren't voluntary, while 'diversity peer leaders' are hired to coordinate events like 'Bro, Let's Talk'

Image Credit: Student Activist Project at UCLA, Facebook

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is making its students foot the bill for social justice activism.

For starters, UCLA has been requiring students to pay for their fellow classmates’ activism in the fight against “social injustices” and “privilege and oppression,” as an article in Campus Reform noted.

And a UCLA intergroup relations program has recruited “diversity peer leaders,” as demonstrated by an online job application.

The diversity peer leaders are expected to fight “toxic masculinity” on campus. These political correctness enforcers are paid $13 an hour to coordinate such events as “Bro, Let’s Talk” and “Unlearning Toxic Masculinity.”

UCLA did not dispute that “student services fees” of $376 per term — or $1,128 per academic year (making up three terms, excluding the summer term) — were being used to fund the activism when contacted by Campus Reform. But it doesn’t highlight it, either.

“That $376 per term fee is not optional, costing each student $1,128 every academic year. Over a four-year degree, the fee amounts to at least $4,512 — more if a student takes longer to graduate,” the Campus Reform piece noted bluntly.

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“The cost of the program alone could have gone to multiple scholarships,” UCLA student Arik Schneider told the campus watchdog publication. “Instead, the money goes to luncheons and echo-chamber sessions, in which participants attempt to out-victimize each other and not actually solve any problems.”

“Students did [attend the sessions]; they seemed very informed. Our thing was about facilitating, it wasn’t about imparting all of this knowledge onto them,” UCLA student Aziza Wright, a senior specializing in African-American studies and the former captain of the “toxic masculinity committee,” told Campus Reform. “Y’all signed up because you wanted to talk about race, and gender, and toxic masculinity.”

Beyond merely facilitating education and conversation, though, the peer leaders have a pointed ideological bent to their campus activism.

“The harm of toxic masculinity is that it causes men to act in a harmful way toward others based on unattainable gender norms and impacts real-life situations in a negative way,” Wright told Campus Reform.

Victoria Miller, who is studying Russian at UCLA and is a board member of Bruin Republicans (the campus Republicans group), has a different perspective.

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“Men should decide what it means to be a good man. There is nothing wrong with masculinity. In fact, many women are attracted to it,” she said.

“UCLA is a public university,” she added. “They should not be spending money on a committee that has to be kept secret. I support full transparency.”

An internship program at the university is certainly unabashed about its social justice orientation. The “student activist program at UCLA” uses socialist imagery such as the raised fist to spread its philosophies.

The group’s Facebook page also promotes International Women’s Day, the controversial Netflix series “Dear White People,” and various left-wing causes.

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Kyle Becker is a content writer and producer with LifeZette.

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