Many colleges and universities have made headlines for pushing “inclusive rhetoric” and “speech guidelines”. Cardiff Metropolitan University in the U.K. even published a code requiring members of the university utilize “gender-neutral” language.
Now, however, Rice University in Houston, TX is taking it a step further.
Rice University is banning the title of “master” for heads of its residential colleges because the term is related to those in charge during the period of slavery in America — mainly people just aren’t aware of the origin of the term.
Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson told the student newspaper:
“The initiative to make a change came from the masters themselves, who recognized that the title was problematic. It generated an uncomfortable relationship with people who were new to Rice and didn’t know the history of the position, people who were not members of the Rice community including prospective students or family members.”
The new term? Magister.
Magister is Latin in origin and means “teacher or scholar”.
Regarding the new term, Hutchinson stated:
“We wanted to balance the desire to preserve the history and tradition of Rice while also recognizing that a change needed to be made. We’re excited it’ll be unique to Rice. No other university that we are aware of in the world has a college system where the faculty and partners and spouses of the faculty who serve in this role have the title magister.”
Hutchinson also expressed that the term ‘Magister’ was not chosen due to or in spite of its phonetic similarity to the term ‘Master’.
(H/T The Blaze)