At the top of the main admissions page of the highly rated and highly woke Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is this attempt to induce students to come to the college (click on the screenshot).
Now this would never appear on the University of Chicago’s admission page, for it constitutes a sort of test or pledge for incoming students. It also tells them what they should be doing, and, if they aren’t on board with that, it would chill the speech of anyone who disagrees.
This is why my University doesn’t have such statements (or didn’t, until several departments, like this one and this one and this one, starting breaking the University’s principle of avoiding political, moral, or ideological stands, because those stands are inimical to free discussion).
A few questions. What about the students working to fight, say, global warming as their big project? Are they doing something wrong? Is fighting racism the most exigent activity for all prospective students? And what about those students whose “political activity” involved participating in a Trump rally or Proud Boys demonstration?* Will they not be disadvantaged, either?
*Necessary caveat: I am not on board with either Trump or the fricking Proud Boys