Donna Shalala, the president of the University of Miami, attracted criticism in the national press based on her administration’s decision to reject the application of four female students who wanted to organize a conservative group on campus. The University claimed, according to press reports, that the group was redundant.
Though the university reversed its decision after public criticism, this incident is an example of how universities often end up skewing the political climate and culture on college campuses. Shalala, of course, is a prominent Democratic official, having served as Secretary of Health and Human Services for eight years during the Clinton administration. She was recently named the CEO of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.