Tag Archives: diversity

Learning from the enemy: A look at a diversity guide

Learning from the enemy: A look at a diversity guide

Of all the corrupt, money-sucking fiefdoms on campus, none is more dangerous than the Diversity fiefdoms. Most people think our campuses are divided into departments and those certainly exist, but the departments only generate revenue for the school, providing classes for students to take. Much of that revenue pours in “institutes,” little fiefdoms which few, […] … learn more→

“Diversity” is the most practiced campus religion

“Diversity” is the most practiced campus religion

I remember when the war drums were beating loudly for us to attack Iraq. While we all know the mainstream media lie machine went into overdrive (hello, babies tossed from incubators! Hi yellowcake! Greetings WMDs!), most don’t know that on campus, things got a little deranged as well. One of the least known derangements was […] … learn more→

Culturally responsive teaching in a globalized world

Culturally responsive teaching in a globalized world

Targeted teacher recruitment efforts are one strategy to improve racialized teacher diversity. Enrolment targets or quota admissions are others. Specialized programs for Indigenous peoples such as the teacher program focused on Aboriginal Education at Brock University or Maori Medium Teacher Education in New Zealand demonstrate efforts to grow the number of Indigenous peoples in teaching. But strategies such as as diversified recruiting, […] … learn more→

Study: $400k a year Diversity Officers do nothing for diversity

Study: $400k a year Diversity Officers do nothing for diversity

It seems every school is loading up on Diversity Officers, filling up Diversity Palaces as they preach Diversity. It’s obnoxious, of course, all the more so because of the ridiculous, truly ridiculous, amounts of money poured into these Diversity Officers: Campus diversity czars frequently draw massive salaries. The University of Michigan’s chief diversity officer, for […] … learn more→

Black student activists face penalty in college admissions

Black student activists face penalty in college admissions

Back when I taught at a predominantly white, selective liberal arts college, I came across a book called “Acting White? Rethinking Race in ‘Post-Racial’ America.” In the book, legal scholars Devon Carbado and Mitu Gulati argue that in the “post-racial” era, white-controlled organizations prefer to hire “‘good blacks’ who will think of themselves as people first […] … learn more→

Identity politics destroying science?

Identity politics destroying science?

“Theese eeese pure eediocy!” –a German professor’s response at a faculty meeting regarding accreditation recommendations to put an outreach program to attract female STEM students inside of an outreach program to attract female STEM students. The previous sentence is typed as intended. While people “on the inside” of science can quickly answer the title of […] … learn more→

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→