If you don’t believe that diversity has become the state sponsored religion on many campuses, you haven’t been paying attention. Any bad idea can and will travel through the university bureaucracy if “diversity” is affixed to it. Take this bad idea: UC will now require potential employees to submit a “diversity statement” or, if they are applying for an hourly position, to answer a question about diversity.
What could go wrong?
I have an idea. Let’s require applicants to swear their allegiance to the diversity God, to tithe 10% of their earnings to diversity scholarships, and, in a true statement of diversity love, elect someone to lose their job so new diversity hires can be made. Or we could just require them to take a blood oath, Game of Thrones Style, that bounds them by honor to spill blood to protect diversity.
Can you sense my sarcasm?
In all seriousness, WTF does this requirement do to 1) help diversity, or 2) bring in the best faculty. Something tells me “not a damn thing.” Of course evidence of effectiveness is something universities and professors require of other people.....and not of themselves. Some may find this a bit hypocritical ........... so do I.
Think about how this plays out in the real world....not the world that exists in the limited minds of diversity hacks. You are a physicist, chemist, botanist, or some other “its” or “ologist.” You have spent the last 5-10 years in a lab, in an office, attending classes/conferences, writing papers, running experiments, passing exams............... and now the dumb fucks at UC want to know how much you love diversity before they allow you to be employed.
What if you happen to be honest and have no clue about your commitment to diversity because you’ve been working your ass off for several years? Should you say this on your statement? Hmmmmmm........
What if you see diversity as an ideological effort to impose uniform thought and you happen to be a free thinker? Should you say so on your statement? Hmmmmmmmm.....
What if you are conservative politically and disagree with many diversity efforts, like affirmative-action? Should you say so on your statement? Hmmmmm.......
My recommendation is simple: Lie. Lie. Lie. Lie like a mofo because that is what they are asking you to do. Give them no reason to eliminate you from the pool. Lie like Hillary Clinton. Be convincing, forceful, and outlandish. Nobody, and I mean nobody, should be more of an advocate for racial discrimination (I mean diversity) than you. Lie like your job depended on it.
Who, BTW, get’s to decide whether a candidate’s diversity statement is acceptable or not? HR? A diversity screening committee? A faculty committee? What standard should be employed to prevent, you know, discrimination and bias from entering into these decisions? You can bet your backside that many departments on campuses nationwide already engage in very questionable, if not illegal, hiring practices. UC has just given them another hammer to use against certain candidates.
This requirement is S-T-U-P-I-D. It is vague, encourages candidates to lie, is unenforceable, has nothing to do with being a professor/researcher, and it will be used to weed out conservatives, libertarians, and others who object in principle. It all but invites discrimination in hiring decisions.
There is also NO evidence that such an approach works. Of course we are talking about Diversianity so evidence is not required. Only faith.
My hope is that UC gets sued, soon, and loses.
UC to Request 'Diversity and Inclusion' Statements of New Faculty, Staff Job Applicants
As part of its overall recruitment and hiring processes, UC will soon request all applicants to submit Diversity and Inclusion statements as part of applications for faculty and staff positions.
Date: 6/22/2016 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
As of July 1, the University of Cincinnati will request a Diversity and Inclusion statement of all applicants for faculty and staff positions. (Applicants for student-worker positions will not be required to submit such statements for campus-based employment.)
Like a number of universities across the country, the statement is one part of the overall evaluation of a candidate’s qualifications.
And as of July 1, new job postings related to staff openings will also require a Diversity and Inclusion statement.
According to Tamie Grunow, senior associate vice president and chief human resources officer, “This application request recognizes that the university is a diverse environment and signals that diversity and inclusion are important enough that we’re asking applicants about contributions or potential contributions up front. We’re all better off with diversity in our lives, and it’s part of demonstrating our commitment to diversity and inclusion and setting expectations and priorities. ”
The process that led to this expansion of the use of this Diversity and Inclusion statement began in December 2015 when UC President Santa Ono appointed a working group to examine models used at other universities, including the University of California San Diego.
Requesting the statement for a staff hire was piloted ahead of the July 1 official start date in the university’s recent search for a new police chief and assistant police chief.
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