The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in New York apologized for using “exclusionary language” in promoting a Students of Color Summit 2024. The event, intended for “students of color in grades 6-12,” was criticized by the Equal Protection Project (EPP), an anti-affirmative action group, for segregating students.

The EPP sent a letter to Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown and Board of Education President Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell, highlighting that promotional materials and emails explicitly excluded White students and staff. The EPP accused ICSD of violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits racial discrimination in federally funded programs.

The EPP demanded the ICSD to open the summit to all students and staff regardless of race and denounce past segregationist practices. In response, within 48 hours, the ICSD emailed all students and staff, announcing that the summit was open to everyone and apologized for the initial exclusionary promotion. The event proceeded with students of all races welcome to attend.