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Fresno State pulls job offer after professor candidate fakes black, Latino heritage

California State University, Fresno has rescinded a faculty position offer to a graduate student candidate who allegedly misrepresented her identity, university officials said Thursday.

CV Vitolo-Haddad, currently a PhD candidate in journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, had been conditionally offered a tenure-track position at the Central Valley campus of the California State University, pending a background check, the university said.

But after allegations surfaced that Vitolo-Haddad, who uses the gender pronoun they, had identified as Black and Latinx without belonging to either group, the university reversed course.

An anonymous post on the blogging platform Medium this month raised questions about Vitolo-Haddad’s identity after George Washington University professor Jessica Krug acknowledged she had for years falsely claimed to be Black.

Here’s more from the Los Angeles Times.

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.