Tag Archives: diversity

Diversity statements aren’t enough to combat implicit bias

Diversity statements aren’t enough to combat implicit bias

As we grapple with regular reminders that the America available to whites is still different from the America available to people of colour, one environment that must be examined is the university classroom and gradebook. Most US universities distribute standardised policies, to be included in all course syllabi, assuring students that their educational environment will […] … learn more→

The ridiculously high value of diversity

The ridiculously high value of diversity

I’ve mentioned quite a few times the insanely high administrative pay of higher education. Even the most irrelevant Dean can now command a salary well past $100,000 a year, and this is all quite public information. It isn’t just the salary that is ridiculous, it’s the sheer number of administrators on campus now. If there’s […] … learn more→

Sex matters: Male bias in the lab is bad science

Sex matters: Male bias in the lab is bad science

When I first started doing experimental biology, I noticed that we only looked at males. I was in a fly lab — a very good one — and we could have looked at males or females, or both, but we didn’t. We collected female flies to mate, of course (flies need males and females to […] … learn more→

Why children’s books that teach diversity are more important than ever

Why children’s books that teach diversity are more important than ever

If you think back to your childhood, what sticks with you? For many people, it’s those cosy times when they were cuddled up with a parent or grandparent, being read a story. But bedtime stories aren’t just lovely endings to the day or a way to induce sleep, they are also a safe way to […] … learn more→

It is high time UK higher education got its act together on ethnic diversity

It is high time UK higher education got its act together on ethnic diversity

The “glass ceiling” effect in advancing gender equality is well-recognised, but at least progress for women is being made in some quarters. Not so for staff from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. It is a stark fact that the ethnic composition of universities reflects a history of racial inequality. While widening access policies have focused […] … learn more→

The diverse spectrum of diversity

The diverse spectrum of diversity

The discipline of economics has come in for a rough time since the 2008 crash. Not only did economists largely fail to predict what would happen, but many of their critics felt that the discipline shared some responsibility for the disaster. Economic orthodoxy, it was said, advanced a spurious set of models that had served […] … learn more→

WSU: Math OUT, Diversity IN

WSU: Math OUT, Diversity IN

It’s so hard to keep up with the madness infecting our universities. Core to the lunacy is the simple fact that educators have no influence over education today, and instead administrators, with no education themselves, get to decide what an “educated” person should know. Thus we have courses on Game of Thrones, but at least […] … learn more→

Why British values should be folded into character education

Why British values should be folded into character education

For the last year, schools around the country have been obliged to promote fundamental British values. So far, little officially has been said about how the new policy is being received in schools, but the conversations I’ve had with teachers suggest to me that it is lukewarm. As a result, I have come to the […] … learn more→

How much diversity can the US Constitution stand?

How much diversity can the US Constitution stand?

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Fisher v University of Texas, an affirmative action case the Court is currently deciding, will dictate whether public colleges’ and universities’ use of race to create diverse learning environments is constitutional. Sixty years ago, the University of Texas (UT) was at the center of another Supreme Court decision, Sweatt v […] … learn more→

$1,000,000 to fix a nonexistent hate crime

$1,000,000 to fix a nonexistent hate crime

A message of hope for today, Thanksgiving. When the end of most regimes is marked by astonishing incompetence. Whether it’s the French royalty, the USSR, or take your pick of any banana republic, the revolt happens after it becomes clear that the people in power are truly incapable and unworthy of rule. I believe today’s […] … learn more→