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SUNY Binghamton addresses professor’s race and gender-based classroom policy

SUNY Binghamton released a statement on Monday addressing the controversy surrounding classroom expectations outlined in one sociology professor’s syllabus.

The syllabus, created by professor Anna Maria Candela for her ‘Social Change: An Introduction to Sociology’ class, uses a method called “progressive stacking,” which is described in the syllabus as follows, according to WBNG: “We try to give priority to non -white folks, to women and to shy and quiet people who rarely raise their hands…if you are white-male or someone privileged by the racial and gender structures of our society, we will often ask you to hold off on questions or comments…”


Some students have called Candela’s method unfair, while others believe it to be a step in the right direction towards elevating historically marginalized voices.

On Monday, February 21, the university released a statement saying Candela has updated the syllabus to comply with the Faculty Staff Handbook.



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