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Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Diversity's Rhetoric

Don Herzog of Left2Right has a smart and sane critique of the University of Oregon's new and absurd Five Year Diversity Plan. Like its more famous predecessor, Oregon's plan sets itself some pretty "lofty" goals. The university will
Require that all requests for new tenure-track searches include an explanation of how the new hire furthers the unit's long-term hiring plan (and therefore meets some aspect of the University’s affirmative action, equity or diversity goals). If a unit believes that a particular hire, by its nature, cannot address these priorities, it needs to provide a rationale for such a claim.
Not only that, but tenure and pay are to be based in part on "demonstrable commitment to cultural competency." What? Can someone please explain how one measures "demonstrable commitment"? What is "cultural competency"?