Look Which School Held a ‘Dialogue’ on Open Relationships and ‘Polyamory’
Its other liberal-leaning initiatives include — wait for it — a scholarship for undocumented students
Last week at DePaul University in Chicago, the school’s LGBTQA+ Resource Center held a “dialogue on open relationships and polyamory” entitled “Polyamory Pause.”
Polyamory refers to the practice of engaging in romantic relationships with multiple partners simultaneously, sometimes with one relationship as primary. Polyamory is distinct from cheating, swinging, and polygamy (marriage to multiple partners), as Psychology Today has explained. In polyamorous relationships, all participants are aware the arrangement is not exclusive to two people.
“Like, I can’t make up my mind what I want to eat at Chipotle, like — how am I supposed to commit to one person, right?” one participant explained (in perfect English), as reported in Campus Reform.
Other universities have provided similar programming that tries to normalize non-monogamous relationships; Portland State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Minnesota are among the schools that have done so, The Daily Caller reported.
DePaul University apparently eschews traditional, conservative approaches to life in other arenas as well. For example, its new Monarch Butterfly Scholarship is for “full-time, currently enrolled, undocumented immigrant students.”
The scholarship is largely funded by an increased student activity fee, which students "overwhelmingly voted" to support, according to DePaul's website. Scholarship applications became available last fall and will be awarded this winter. The application itself indicates the scholarships are for "returning FAFSA-ineligible, immigrant, undergraduate students." (The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, determines eligibility for income-based financial aid.)
Emailed requests for comment to DePaul's Division of Student Affairs and to the director and associate director of the school's Office of Multicultural Student Success weren't returned in time for publication.
Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.