It apparently isn’t enough for high-minded elitists to assure us, absent any evidence, that diversity is America’s greatest strength. It isn’t enough for universities to engage in affirmative action games whereby they award spots based on an applicant’s ethnic background. It’s not even enough for colleges to employ diversity coaches and offices and programs dedicated to making sure that, above all else, their campuses have just the right number from this group and from that group and that no one ever gets offended by anything. No, now these universities have to actually make it a job requirement that professors believe in, and demonstrate their commitment to, diversity.
Mathematicians who want tenure at UCLA have to do more than show a facility with numbers. They also have to pledge in writing a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
In fact, all professors applying for a tenure-track position at UCLA must write a statement on their commitment to diversity, showing, for example, their “record of success advising women and minority graduate students,” according to the UCLA’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Such mandated statements reflect a push by college bureaucrats “to ratchet up the requirements” to achieve more diverse campuses, said Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars. Until recently, diversity programs tended to focus on mandatory training and sanctions for policy violators.
Now “you have to make a public confession of faith,” said Wood. “You’re essentially citing a creed,” and “all the more effectively, they force you to put that creed into your own words.”
RealClear reports that UCLA is not alone in requiring the pledge. All of the colleges within the University of California system require them. Others, such as Vassar, Vanderbilt, and the University of Pennsylvania have other programs and guides meant to – cough, cough – encourage their professors to demonstrate their belief in the ideology of diversity.
“They’re looking for an ideological sieve to weed out people who don’t comport with the reigning moral orthodoxy,” Portland State University Professor Peter Boghossian told the site.
Diversity is one of those liberal ideas that sounds so pure and good and obvious that it almost flies under the radar. Who would challenge a statement like “diversity is America’s greatest strength” without running the risk of sounding like a white supremacist?
But the fact is that it’s unchallenged, unexamined ideologies like this that form the backbone of the left-wing movement in this country. Things that sound perfectly nice and squishy and true but actually don’t have any basis in fact. We’re not saying, of course, that university professors should go out of their way to homogenize their classrooms or their schools. We’re just saying that there are more important things to talk about and focus on than diversity.
Like, say, merit.