Diversity tyranny

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.

For more, read EducatioNation or Number 2 Pencil or Insider Higher Education. And here’s Peter Berkowitz on restoring respect for free speech values on campus.

Update: Amritas, a former Oregon professor, has more.

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  1. SuperSub says:

    Funny how its always the left that accuses the right of trying to create a homogenized authoritarian society. But hey, at least they found a new way to put the students’ tuitions to use.

    “This is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause.” – Padme, from Star Wars Episode 3.

  2. BadaBing says:

    “Ability to engage in personal self-reflection around issues of race, ethnicity, class, and privilege”

    If that doesn’t smack of Maoist self-criticism a la the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, I don’t know what does.

  3. BadaBing says:

    Nonconforming professors could be subjected to show trials in the student union. That’ll expose the counter-revolutionaries, who can then be fired and replaced with appartchiks. The U of O could even start its own GULAG. This is sounding more fun the more I think of it.

  4. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Thank God the public does not have to pay for this foolishness.

  5. Good one, Walter!

    I can’t seem to get the trackback to take, so here it is. You might find this post interesting, too.

  6. Victor Eremita says:

    My alma mater recently, in response to some ‘incident’ or other–there’s always something–was considering adding a ‘Diversity GIR’ to the curriculum–that is, a ‘General Institute Requirement’ or another useless BS course outside your major that you have to fit in. I don’t believe it’s going to happen, though–although every fresh administration seems to have fresh ideas for ruining a great school and making it into another Ivy clone. But at least I’m currently able to say with pride that mine is one of the more sensible universities with regards to the Humanities (as they are taught nowadays)–it has a core curriculum in the hard sciences. It’s an admirable bullshit-resistant coating for any young person to have, regardless of vocation. Oh, there is also an eight-class requirement, which comprehends the whole department of ‘Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences’ or ‘HASS’–but ask almost anyone what classes he or she is taking and you’ll get an answer something like ‘Differential Equations, Unified Engineering, and Biology. Oh, and some HASS shit.’ A shame, perhaps, that the ‘soft’ disciplines have deteriorated as they have–but until they improve, self-education in this department is the way to go.

  7. Chris C. says:

    Victor, I find it amusing that I was able to identify your alma mater by “GIR” (confirmed by “HASS” and the classes list) ^_^

    Anyway, while a Diversity GIR is complete bunk, I will say that the GIRs and HASS requirements weren’t complete BS, you just had to find the right classes.