By: Haylee Fishburn

A professor at a Kentucky university sent students and faculty an email advertising a discriminatory program against students who are not “BIPOC,” according to a tip submitted through Young America’s Foundation’s Campus Bias Tipline.

On January 31, Northern Kentucky University Associate Professor Jessica Hindman sent an email advertising a “New Mentorship Program” for students writing personal statements for applications, among other things. According to the email, “the program will prioritize students who are BIPOC, first-generation, and/or students with disabilities.” 


A core value listed on the schools’ website says, “We will engage in honest, fair, and ethical behavior with integrity at the heart of every decision and action.”

The constitutionality of a faculty member advertising and holding a discriminatory program of this nature is questionable at best.

Both NKU and Hindman did not respond to YAF’s requests for comment in time for publication.

NKU Young Americans for Freedom Chairman Blake Johnson told YAF that the news of this email was troubling.

“We certainly do hope that one day individuals will be selected based on their quality of person.”

In 2019, YAF reported on exclusively obtained documents from NKU, which included a presentation that listed examples of microaggressions towards transgenders in the classroom. The presentation lists “Basic Trans Terminology”, including words like cisgender, queer, genderqueer, gender fluid, bigender, agender, two-spirit, and third gender. It also includes “Common Pronouns,” which has “ze/zir” listed.

While disheartening, this method of discrimination is entirely unsurprising. Racial segregation and prioritization are taking place in real-time in the name of wokeness. For our institutions of higher education to allow this is racist and despicable.