UMN Alumni Challenging Gender Discrimination In Colleges

Women-only scholarships and opportunities discriminate against men and gender non-conforming students, Perry says.

Mark Perry, a University of Minnesota alum, is challenging colleges that use Title IX laws to discriminate against men and gender non-conforming students.

Perry, a professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, recently called out the University of Minnesota (UMN) for offering certain scholarships solely to “women-identified students.”

Mark Perry (Credit: AEI)

Women-only scholarships and opportunities have been allowed due to federal Title IX law. However, by protecting women from discrimination, schools are ultimately discriminating against men and gender non-conforming students, Perry says.

“I think of it as advancing civil rights in a way that might be unconventional,” Perry told the Pioneer Press.

Since Perry called out the discrimination, UMN has opened the scholarships to all genders, telling the Pioneer Press they are “committed to offering access and opportunity to individuals of all gender identities.”

Now Perry is extending his mission to include private colleges in Minnesota, and is currently calling out the University of St. Thomas and Macalester College for hosting girls-only science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) summer camps.

“There is this blind spot in higher education where they have accepted discrimination against men and boys,” Perry told the Star Tribune.

Perry has also challenged the University of Michigan’s Title IX women-only programs, making his case based on legal and institutional policies in an article published on the American Enterprise Institute’s website.

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