Brian Leiter on “diversity statements”

I’ve written several posts on the mandatory “diversity statements” now required by the University of California, which will soon be required on campuses elsewhere. These statements are used to weed out candidates for academic jobs before their academic credentials are even assessed, and they require candidates to do three things: they must express their philosophy … Continue reading Brian Leiter on “diversity statements”

UC Santa Cruz begins vetting job candidates using only their diversity statements: if yours isn’t up to snuff, you get tossed

UPDATE: At his philosophy website, my Chicago colleague Brian Leiter is tallying all the UC campuses that use diversity statements as a threshold criterion. The tally is up to six schools now. ____________________ On the last day of 2019, I reported on a new way of hiring faculty at the University of California. It has … Continue reading UC Santa Cruz begins vetting job candidates using only their diversity statements: if yours isn’t up to snuff, you get tossed

When commitment to diversity outweighs teaching and research in a biology job

A reader wishing to remain anonymous sent me this job ad, which is genuine. It’s for a biology position at the University of Hartford, though you can’t even see what area they’re hiring in until you wade through the DEI stuff at the beginning. And after that there is more DEI material. I reproduce the … Continue reading When commitment to diversity outweighs teaching and research in a biology job

UC Davis math professor demonized for criticizing required “diversity” statements for academic jobs

Abigail Thompson is a well known professor (and department Chair) of mathematics at the University of California at Davis, specializing in topology. Six years ago she became an inaugural fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and now she’s a vice president. But in the December issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, … Continue reading UC Davis math professor demonized for criticizing required “diversity” statements for academic jobs

More on authoritarian diversity statements at the University of California

Last month I reported on a controversial essay written by Abigail Thompson, chair of mathematics at the University of California at Davis. In that essay, posted in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society (NAMS), Thompson, while favoring initiatives to increase diversity in her field, decried the mandatory “diversity statements” that the University of California … Continue reading More on authoritarian diversity statements at the University of California

Life science jobs at Berkeley give precedence to candidates’ diversity and inclusion statements

UPDATE: My Chicago colleague, law and philosophy professor Brian Leiter, has given this post a shout-out on his Leiter Reports site. More important, he adds that there are lawyers (some of whom he knows) looking to prosecute a case against the University of California on behalf of rejected candidates, with the grounds being illegal practice … Continue reading Life science jobs at Berkeley give precedence to candidates’ diversity and inclusion statements

NIH gets into the game of requiring job candidates to show track records of promoting diversity

At the end of last year, I pointed out that the University of California system was implementing a new procedure for hiring faculty. It involved candidates submitting “diversity statements” that recounted their knowledge about diversity, their past efforts to increase diversity in their institutions, and their plans for promoting diversity if they were hired. While … Continue reading NIH gets into the game of requiring job candidates to show track records of promoting diversity

Abbotgate hits the mainstream media and Quillette: MIT gets egg on its face

UPDATE: Now NBC News has covered the story in an article called “After lecture is canceled, free speech debate roils science academia.” It deals largely with David Romps’s resignation as Director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Science Center, which he details in a series of tweets (first one in the thread is below).  (h/t Simon) I … Continue reading Abbotgate hits the mainstream media and Quillette: MIT gets egg on its face

The Economist on Wokeness, part two

The Economist‘s article on the origins and effects of Wokeism, which we discussed yesterday, has been supplemented by a short new piece on the “movement” seen as a religion that has various ways to bend people to its will.  The piece lists six ways of keeping believers in the fold, all of which were used … Continue reading The Economist on Wokeness, part two

Medical-journal article suggests eliminating applicants to med school if they’re racists

There is no area these days that is immune from charges of systemic racism. The authors of the article below, published in The Journal of General Internal Medicine (JIGM) single out medical education. You can read the article by clicking on the screenshot below, or get the pdf here. Below the first screenshot you can … Continue reading Medical-journal article suggests eliminating applicants to med school if they’re racists