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MSR Readers: Make your own judgment on the state of St. Cloud State


The commentary below from Debra Leigh, a professor at St. Cloud State University and lead organizer for the Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative, was published in the MSR November 10 issue. Dr. Mahmoud Saffari believes the commentary is filled with “inaccuracies and false accusations” and requested an opportunity to respond. Below this commentary is his line-by-line response to Leigh’s commentary. In Dr. Saffari’s words, “Let your readers make their own judgment.”


SCSU campus has shown a commitment to diversity

By Debra Leigh

Guest Commentator


The simple truth about St. Cloud State and the firing of Dr. Saffari [“Protest follows firing of a top SCSU administrator of color,” MSR, Oct. Continue Reading →

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St.Cloud anti-racism scorecard:Somalis 10, Color Caucus 2



By Myrle Cooper

Guest Commentator 


In April 2010, 25 courageous Somali high school girls exposed bullying and maltreatment of Black students historically ignored in St. Cloud’s public schools. Their aggressiveness benefited every student of color in St. Cloud schools. (“[Superintendent] Jordahl resigns from district, cites politics as reason,” St. Continue Reading →

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