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Where’s the Real Diversity?
Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 29, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline

Posted on 10/29/2013 1:03:59 PM PDT by Academiadotorg

The latest issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education includes a special supplement on “Diversity in Academe” that is only missing one thing.

Diversity in Academe features articles on:

“A special orientation for White Students;” “Welcoming Gay Students to HBCUs [historically black colleges and universities, an official designation];” “‘I wish I were black’ and Other Tales of Privilege;” “What My Students Have Taught Me About Race;” “Why So Few Asians Are College Presidents;” “Sharing Math’s Appeal With First-Generation Students;” “For Remedial Students, Where the Hallway Leads;” “First-Generation Students” who “Find Crucial Support;” and “Adding Diversity to Curricula, Starting in the Classrooms.”

The last piece focuses on a “social movement” of “change agents” at Lafayette College. “Brett Hendrickson, an assistant professor of religious studies, joined the faculty group in 2011 to learn how to add more diversity to his courses,” Ben Gose reports. “Until then, he says, he had moved quickly from one topic to the next in his ‘Contemporary Religious Issues’ course, devoting equal time to subjects like stem-cell research and abortion.”

“But his meetings with other professors in the group convinced him that this course needed to go beyond imparting content and teaching critical thinking skills. So he cut some topics and devoted more time to others. Students now spend three weeks on homosexuality and religion, and read John Corvino’s What’s Wrong With Homosexuality? (A gay professor of philosophy at Wayne State University, Mr. Corvino has a witty touch in arguing the case for same-sex marriage.) Mr. Hendrickson has also expanded a section about the authority of scripture in some religions, to give students a greater understanding of why religious conservatives oppose same-sex marriage.”

“I’m amused whenever I hear someone say “as an L.G.B.T. person.…” Nobody is an L.G.B.T. person,” the Wayne State wit wrote recently in The New York Times. “You can have two, maybe three letters maximum at any moment (three could be a bisexual trans man in a gay relationship).”

My predecessor at Accuracy in Academia, author Dan Flynn, has pointed out that to academics, diversity is a campus that looks like the United Nations and thinks like a San Francisco coffee house. As it happens, Diversity in Academe offers a “diversity index” drawn from a Chronicle of Higher Education analysis of U. S. Department of Education data: “the diversity index is the probability, on a scale of 0-100, that two students at an institution will be from different racial or ethnic groups.”

Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia. If you would like to comment on this article, e-mail

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: academia; academicbias; diversity; identitypolitics; liberalism; mentaldisorder

1 posted on 10/29/2013 1:03:59 PM PDT by Academiadotorg
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To: Academiadotorg

Is there a place for a straight, faithful, Catholic of either gender?

Maybe not, since we are categorized as “potential terrorists”.

2 posted on 10/29/2013 1:12:36 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Gumdrop

Being a male WASP is worse.

3 posted on 10/29/2013 1:14:06 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Academiadotorg
“Why So Few Asians Are College Presidents;”

These Asians that are here referred to tend to be uninterested in sinecures. They are producer type individuals and don't even consider the parasitic lifestyle of the University professoriat and management.

4 posted on 10/29/2013 1:14:15 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE
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To: arthurus
Beat me to it and probably stated it better.
5 posted on 10/29/2013 1:21:50 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: Academiadotorg

America didn’t survive for this long being Diverse.

It took all of these people from everywhere and made them Americans. Now they want to be Diverse.

6 posted on 10/29/2013 1:33:05 PM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Academiadotorg; a fool in paradise

The Diversity Project works only under the muzzle of a gun. Look at former Soviet Union republics, now independent countries, and at the former Yugoslavia republics/countries to see how a half century of forced diversity worked out in the end. And our government sponsored ‘diversity’ is not much different than the diversity practiced under Communism, and based on fear of reprisals as it was there.

7 posted on 10/29/2013 1:39:31 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Resolute Conservative

Working definition of “diversity”:

fewer white people, especially men,
and less Western Culture.

8 posted on 10/29/2013 1:40:32 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Revolting cat!

Identity Politics only matter when you serve The Party.

Otherwise you are a c&nt, an uncle tom, or a witch-hunter (like Roy Cohn).

They get very catty when you don’t fall in line.

9 posted on 10/29/2013 1:54:29 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Gumdrop

Arie Perliger has branded me a terrorist, because I am a half white, 1/4 Mexican and 1/4 Cherokee who happens to be an evangelical Christian who is also a Vietnam/Desert Storm Vet. Arie says my views (raising my family under the Torah, providing and education and college for them, being honest at work and keeping Yaweh at the centerpoint of my life) makes me someone the US Government and the US military must be afraid of. And that I will always be a suspected terrorist. So, each day when I go out to feed the horses and muck, I remind myself that only a terrorist would do this. And when I water my garden I am reminded that the US believes terrorists water their own gardens

10 posted on 10/29/2013 1:58:24 PM PDT by realcleanguy
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To: Academiadotorg

And yet Obamacare wants black patients treated by black doctors, Hispanics treated by Hispanics, etc. No diversity there.

11 posted on 10/29/2013 2:19:00 PM PDT by informavoracious (Root for Obamacare and failure!)
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