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UT (Univ of Texas) president proposes required diversity class
Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/11/04 | TODD ACKERMAN

Posted on 05/11/2004 11:56:25 AM PDT by truthandlife

The University of Texas at Austin would appoint a senior diversity officer, require a cross-cultural course and rearrange statues of Confederate leaders under a new proposal that aims to fix strained race relations.

The recommendations, announced Monday by UT President Larry Faulkner, are a response to a report submitted in January by a task force on "racial respect and fairness." The task force was formed in response to incidents of racial insensitivity at UT.

"We'd like to position UT to be a more positive agent in developing students' knowledge and skills so they can work across cultural boundaries in a complex society," said Faulkner. "I believe many frictions come from ignorance, discomfort and a lack of skills in perceiving differences."

In all, Faulkner's proposal included 10 recommendations.

Faulkner said he expects to name the senior diversity official over the summer. Most of the other recommendations will require further steps before implementation, such as board or faculty approval.

The incidents that led to the recommendations include the egging of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on the 2003 national holiday, fraternity parties at which members wore black paint on their faces and mocked black images and stereotypes, and accusations of racial profiling by a UT policeman who asked a black member of student government to show his identification in the student union.

The incidents brought more than 300 UT students, most black and Hispanic, to a forum hosted by Faulkner in 2003. The same night in College Station, Texas A&M University President Robert Gates answered questions from about 200 students, most minorities, who expressed similar concerns about not feeling welcome.

In an 18-page letter to different UT communities, Faulkner invited feedback on whether the diversity officer should be a vice president, vice provost or associate to the president. He also called for a university council on inclusion and cross-cultural effectiveness that would be central to recruiting "a top quality diverse faculty."

The push for a required cross-cultural class comes more than a decade after racial incidents on campus led to two failed attempts to require courses. One would have focused a required freshman composition class on sexism and racism. Another would have required undergraduates take courses on U.S. minorities or Third World or non-Western cultures.

Both proposals were defeated amid cries of "political correctness," the then-fashionable criticism of conservatives that liberal professors wanted to indoctrinate students according to their ideology.

"This requirement will not tell people what to think," said Faulkner. "It will be a chance for students to learn about a culture not their own."

Under Faulkner's plan, students would choose from a variety of cross-cultural courses rather than be required to take a specific course. Acknowledging it would be impractical to tack such a requirement on to the current list, Faulkner said the courses need to be crafted as part of an overall curriculum review, a process that is expected to begin in the fall and take about 18 months.

UT's statues of Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee present a different kind of challenge because "many from all races interpret (them) as displaying a kind of institutional nostalgia for the Confederacy and its values," said Faulkner.

Faulkner called for a group of specialists in history, art and architecture to examine the arrangement of statues. He said a solution might be to group Davis and Lee with President Woodrow Wilson, as sculptor Pompeo Coppini intended, "to prove that in World War I both North and South were solidly welded in one great nation."

But Coppini's plan was underfunded, and architect Paul Cret's reconception distributed them in a way that left each an isolated representation, with no underlying theme.

Other recommendations in Faulkner's proposal include an honor code that promotes greater civility and respect; more aggressive strategies for recruiting more diverse faculty, stuff and students; deferring the freshman rush period in fraternities and sororities to the beginning of the spring semester; and oversight of the UT Police Department, including greater attention to the training for a diverse community.

Faulkner said that though the response so far has been "overwhelmingly positive," he expects criticism of the proposal from both sides.

"I expect some people will say it didn't go far enough, and some will say it's not an important topic," said Faulkner. "But I've spent a lot of time with it, and it's my best shot at what I think the university should be."


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1 posted on 05/11/2004 11:56:29 AM PDT by truthandlife
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To: truthandlife
"We'd like to position UT to be a more positive agent in developing students' knowledge and skills so they can work across cultural boundaries in a complex society," said Faulkner. "I believe many frictions come from ignorance, discomfort and a lack of skills in perceiving differences."

They got him, all right.

2 posted on 05/11/2004 12:02:03 PM PDT by JennysCool
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To: truthandlife
"This requirement will not tell people what to think," said Faulkner. "It will be a chance for students to learn about a culture not their own."

Interesting. The day that an institution of higher ed REQUIRES non-white students to take a course about a European culture is the day I eat my own shoe.

Personally, I think it would be alot easier if we just not admit white people to schools anymore. That way no one can be offended. Well, no one who matters anyway- all those white folks who would cry about it are just racists anyway, and can just use their white privilege to get ahead without a degree. [/bitch]
3 posted on 05/11/2004 12:09:31 PM PDT by Gefreiter
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Cornell Rejects Academic Freedom
4 posted on 05/11/2004 12:16:11 PM PDT by weegee (NO BLOOD FOR RATINGS. CNN ignored torture & murder in Saddam's Iraq to keep their Baghdad Bureau.)
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To: truthandlife
What UT needs is not these classes, but a new president.
5 posted on 05/11/2004 12:34:14 PM PDT by vandykelastone (Nuts to Governor Goober: let's get serious now!)
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To: truthandlife
"Faulkner invited feedback on whether the diversity officer should be a vice president, vice provost or associate to the president"

But no feedback is needed to assure that he/she will be black.

6 posted on 05/11/2004 12:34:44 PM PDT by bayourod (Was Kerry one of the 17 Congressmen to whom Lawson sent torture pictures in March?)
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To: truthandlife
I attend the University of Michigan, which, due to last summer's affirmative action lawsuits, has heard more than its share of the term 'diversity.' This has got to be gaining as the most commonly misused word in academia, rapidly becoming synonymous with 'that which is good.'

The UM defended its affirmative action program on the grounds that diversity of the student body presented an educational benefit to all, and that this benefit outweighed the unfairness involved in factoring a student's race in the admissions decisions.

Yet, when a conservative state congressman recently raised questions about the lack of political diversity on the mostly liberal UM campus, president Mary Sue Coleman responded to the effect that it would be unconstitutional to ask people their political beliefs on the application.

It seems to me that whatever portion of the Constitution Coleman is referring to here is at least as explicit about prohibiting the use of race in the admissions process.

I've even heard administrators around here speak about individual students as being 'diverse'--not because that particular student is proficient in a range of skills, etc., but solely because that student is a member of an underrepresented minority.

7 posted on 05/11/2004 12:48:45 PM PDT by purple haze
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To: purple haze
As a graduate of the school, I have to agree with you. The notion that your skin color automatically causes you bring "diverse" skills, opinions or experiences to the table should be rejected out of hand as a racist concept. Instead, it is accepted as a critical part of the admissions process.
8 posted on 05/11/2004 12:55:48 PM PDT by Steelerfan
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To: truthandlife; stainlessbanner

9 posted on 05/11/2004 12:58:42 PM PDT by Constitution Day (There should be a "HELL, No" option under the "Should Rumsfeld resign?" FR poll!)
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To: *dixie_list; dcwusmc; Wampus SC; Fiddlstix; Southron Patriot; Leatherneck_MT; U S Army EOD; ...
dixie ping
10 posted on 05/11/2004 1:09:50 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: truthandlife
"This requirement will not tell people what to think," said Faulkner. "It will be a chance for students to learn about a culture not their own."

How about the idiot learning US history - he is obviously CLUELESS to the cultures that are part of our past.

11 posted on 05/11/2004 1:22:49 PM PDT by 4CJ (||) OUR sins put Him on that cross - HIS love for us kept Him there. (||)
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To: stainlessbanner
Another would have required undergraduates take courses on U.S. minorities or Third World or non-Western cultures.

***Very interesting.
12 posted on 05/11/2004 1:28:31 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: truthandlife
Both proposals were defeated amid cries of "political correctness," the then-fashionable criticism of conservatives that liberal professors wanted to indoctrinate students according to their ideology.

Nah, no bias in that article.

Throw the book at the idiots with the eggs and the blackface, and leave the 99% of the students who aren't idiots alone.

}:-)4

13 posted on 05/11/2004 1:31:09 PM PDT by Moose4 (America must give the world three choices: love us, respect us, or fear us. No fourth option.)
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To: Gefreiter
The day that an institution of higher ed REQUIRES non-white students to take a course about a European culture is the day I eat my own shoe.

I hope you have a good appetite, at the University of Texas students in the school of liberal arts are required to take a class on European history.

14 posted on 05/11/2004 1:47:42 PM PDT by pete anderson
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To: truthandlife
"But I've spent a lot of time with it, and it's my best shot at what I think the university should be."

And therein lies the problem.

15 posted on 05/11/2004 1:53:06 PM PDT by catpuppy
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To: Steelerfan
The notion that your skin color automatically causes you bring "diverse" skills, opinions or experiences to the table should be rejected out of hand as a racist concept.

Exactly. This is the very same sort of inference process that gets rejected out of hand as "racial profiling" in other circles. You simply cannot justify one and not the other.

16 posted on 05/11/2004 1:55:55 PM PDT by purple haze
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To: truthandlife
I had to sit through one of these when I was an undergrad. A total waste of time for all involved, regardless of color.
17 posted on 05/11/2004 2:47:38 PM PDT by Clemenza (Strolling along country roads with my baby...)
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To: cyborg; Cacique
Interesting indeed. Thankfully, my Latin American history professor hit home the fact that although Latin America is racially diverse, it is still very much a part of the West in many ways. After all, Latin Americans speak European languages (indigenas excepted), follow Roman/Napoleonic legal codes and have western-style concepts of family and morality (for better or for worse).
18 posted on 05/11/2004 2:51:09 PM PDT by Clemenza (Strolling along country roads with my baby...)
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To: catpuppy
"But I've spent a lot of time with it, and it's my best shot at what I think the university should be."

SIEG HEIL! SIEG HEIL! Fueher Faulkner!

19 posted on 05/11/2004 2:52:09 PM PDT by Clemenza (Strolling along country roads with my baby...)
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To: bayourod
either black or a hispanic jew that has converted to islam that is also gay.
20 posted on 05/11/2004 2:53:44 PM PDT by cajun-jack
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To: truthandlife
These things are a disaster. It just forces people who have real majors to take unnecessary humanities classes pushed by weak-minded professors with an agenda.

Make calculus a requirement.

21 posted on 05/11/2004 2:54:14 PM PDT by AmishDude
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To: Gefreiter
Well, this is nitpicking, but my ugrad university was not conservative and it required 2 semesters of Western Civilization for every student. Many universities do the same.
22 posted on 05/11/2004 2:59:38 PM PDT by Nataku X (Kerry's Entire Campaign: Bush bad. Medals good. Bush bad.)
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To: truthandlife
I wonder if the President of the University of Texas knows that Wilson, though President of Princeton and Governor of New Jersey, was born in Virginia and spent his boyhood in South Carolina. Also, Wilson had a extremely paternalistic attitude toward blacks and frequently told stories about them that would be considered offensive today.
23 posted on 05/11/2004 3:02:56 PM PDT by quadrant
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To: truthandlife
...concerns about not feeling welcome,

Feelings
Nothing more then feelings
Trying to forget my
Feelings of hate

Imagine
Beating on your face
Trying to forget my
Feelings of hate

Feelings
For all my life i'll feel it
I wish I'd never met you
You'll make me sick again

Feelings
Woh-oh-oh feelings
Woh-oh-oh feelings
Of hate on my mind

Feelings
Feelings like I never liked you
Feelings like I want to kill you
Live in my heart

Feelings
Feelings like I wanna deck you
Feelings like I've gotta get you
Out of my life

Feelings
Woh-oh-oh feelings
Woh-oh-oh feelings
Hate's in my eyes

Feelings
Woh-oh-oh feelings
Woh-oh-oh feelings
You're not very nice

Feelings
Woh-oh-oh feelings
Woh-oh-oh feelings
Hate's on my mind

Feelings
Woh-oh-oh feelings
Woh-oh-oh feelings
Get out of my life

24 posted on 05/11/2004 3:05:23 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: quadrant
Wilson's correspondence with Colonel Edward Mandel House is some of the most racist commentary I have read from a 20th century politician. His comments on the Mexican Revolution are particularly offensive to modern ears and were probably extreme for most educated people at the time.
25 posted on 05/11/2004 3:06:36 PM PDT by Clemenza (Strolling along country roads with my baby...)
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To: Clemenza
Anyone FORCED to take such a class would find it as boring as hell or maybe would encourage a prejudiced view opposite of the goal they're trying to achieve. I'd avoid such classes like the plague *LOL* i don't think I could sit through a whole semester with my mouth shut.
26 posted on 05/11/2004 3:08:42 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: Clemenza
I guess it proves you don't have to be too bright to be president of a university.
27 posted on 05/11/2004 3:11:41 PM PDT by quadrant
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To: truthandlife
"Goodbye to texas university,
So long, to the organge and the white,
Good luck to dear old Texas Aggies,
They are the boys who show the real old fight,
'the eyes of Texas are upon you,"
That is the song they sing so well,
SOUNDS LIKE HELL,
So goodbye to texas university,
We're gonna beat you all to Chigaroogarem!
Chigaroogarem,
Rough, Tough, Real stuff, Texas A&M!
28 posted on 05/11/2004 3:14:09 PM PDT by MeanFreePath
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To: purple haze
But the students did try to feel the concept of diversity and ethnicity. They even went so far as to wear blackface. What could be more supportive. Perhaps it is time for the complainers to grow up.
29 posted on 05/11/2004 3:15:40 PM PDT by rock58seg (Character and integrity do count. BUSH/CHENEY 04)
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To: truthandlife
Oh good--a college my daughter can attend where her conservatism will be accepted.
30 posted on 05/11/2004 4:09:57 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: truthandlife
The academic thought police in full steam.
31 posted on 05/11/2004 4:55:28 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: stainlessbanner
Did you pick up on the fact that he plans to move the Confederate statues?
32 posted on 05/11/2004 5:26:38 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: bayourod
But no feedback is needed to assure that he/she will be black.

Why does it have to be a "he" or a "she"? Why does the new racemeister have to be gendered at all? Aren't we trying to overcome the parochialism of Texas-isms?

I think you're just bigoted against gonadless people. </snivel>

33 posted on 05/12/2004 4:31:23 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Et praeterea caeterum censeo, delenda est Carthago. -- M. Porcius Cato)
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To: PAR35
Did you pick up on the fact that he plans to move the Confederate statues?

Yeah, he's going to "group" them until nobody notices that they aren't where they used to be, and then they'll be gone for good, melted down in the middle of the night.

PC purges come to UT.

34 posted on 05/12/2004 4:33:11 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Et praeterea caeterum censeo, delenda est Carthago. -- M. Porcius Cato)
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To: quadrant
Also, Wilson had a extremely paternalistic attitude toward blacks and frequently told stories about them that would be considered offensive today.

I'll bet they're all exquisitely aware of Wilson's views on race, and that his statue, no less than Davis's, is headed for the crucible.

35 posted on 05/12/2004 4:35:48 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Et praeterea caeterum censeo, delenda est Carthago. -- M. Porcius Cato)
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To: Moose4
Nah, no bias in that article.

The Houston Chronicle editor brought in a new, liberal policy a few years ago. The Chronicle vitriolically attacks conservative Baptists on a regular basis and kisses up to gay ecclesiastical cow-tippers. The Chron is relentlessly pro-gay, anti-religious (unless it's a defensible sort of religion, like Hinduism or the Metropolitan Church or reform Judaism), anti-Republican (except for the Bush family, whom they defend in order to avoid getting on the wrong side of Houston's power establishment), anti-conservative, anti-military, anti-American, anti-straight, and anti-everything that isn't coffeehouse Eurosocialism.

Think of them as gay French weenies sipping red wine and complaining about Americans who go to church and drive cars instead of bicycling or taking mass transit. That's about where the Houston Chronicle comes from any more.

36 posted on 05/12/2004 4:45:01 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Et praeterea caeterum censeo, delenda est Carthago. -- M. Porcius Cato)
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To: PAR35; lentulusgracchus
Any plan to move or group statues together is translated into "removal"
37 posted on 05/12/2004 4:50:10 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner
No doubt about that. Just wish the former governor had set a better example of standing up to racist graymail.
38 posted on 05/12/2004 5:27:38 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Et praeterea caeterum censeo, delenda est Carthago. -- M. Porcius Cato)
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To: Nakatu X; pete anderson
Ha ha! You guys are right, and I've spent enough time on campuses to know to choose my words better.

I think it's a world of difference to force students to take a multiculturalism class, for its own sake, than to take a true history or lit course.

And in the schools I've worked at or attended, European history was NEVER a requirement, but SOME history sequence was required. In other words, folks got their history block checked off in some way, although not neccessarily with a Euro course.
39 posted on 05/12/2004 5:32:45 AM PDT by Gefreiter
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To: Gefreiter
I think it's a world of difference to force students to take a multiculturalism class, for its own sake, than to take a true history or lit course.

No disagreement here. Still, it's not a huge thing to worry about. What cyborg says is 100% on--if you force students to take such an asinine class, it'll backfire on them...
40 posted on 05/12/2004 10:29:40 AM PDT by Nataku X (Kerry's Entire Campaign: Bush bad. Medals good. Bush bad.)
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To: truthandlife
How about a course in basic manners instead?
41 posted on 05/12/2004 10:31:49 AM PDT by DLfromthedesert (I was elected in AZ as an alt delegate to the Convention. I'M GOING TO NY)
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To: Nakatu X
Naku,
You're right, you're right. I guess I don't worry about it, in so many words. It's just another one of those 1500 things you deal with in a day that'll piss you off that much more, particularly when dealing with the larger hypocrisies within higher ed.
43 posted on 05/12/2004 11:38:54 AM PDT by Gefreiter
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