The University of Oregon is rethinking a diversity plan that would have required “cultural competence” to be considered in hiring, funding and tenure decisions. Under the plan, new criteria would include:
· Exhibits capacity to promote equity of student access and outcomes
· Advocates for social justice
· Ability to identify, discuss, and challenge institutional racism and bias.
· Ability to receive and integrate critiques of cultural competence
· Shows a commitment to continuous education about the educational implications of race, class, and language diversity
· Ability to engage in personal self-reflection around issues of race, ethnicity, class, and privilege
· Exhibits non-judgmental openness to new experiences
· Understands the history of oppressed groups
Some professors call the plan “Orwellian” in a letter to the university president, and predict the best professors will leave the university if tries to impose thought control. They also object to the cost.
The spending of vast additional sums of money on diversity-related bureaucracy, requirement that at a minimum the university has a vice provost for equity and diversity as well as four assistant vice-provosts, creation of a “Diversity Institute,” seven new funded centers and directors, more special math and English classes reserved for minority students, the creation of new departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, a minor in Queer Studies . . . The list goes on and on.
Update: Amritas, a former Oregon professor, has more.