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Monday, September 26, 2005

What the...?

I just got an e-mail from the president of my university about diversity. This sounds to me to be more of him trying to artificially prop up these chosen programs of "diversity" (many of which involve blaming the white men for all their troubles) than anything else, because there doesn't seem to be much of an interest in minority programs.

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

At the beginning of this new academic year, I would like to reaffirm the need for each of us at the University to help bring the diversity to campus that is representative of Wyoming and the nation. While the challenges are substantial, we must not waiver from this commitment. There are many ways to contribute:

Students and curriculum. We want to recruit a diverse student body, to provide a welcoming environment, and to ensure that all students who leave the University of Wyoming are prepared to work and live in an increasingly diverse society. We value the programs for which diversity is a central focus of scholarly work, including African-American Studies, American Indian Studies, Chicano Studies, and Women's Studies. Academic departments must help support these programs, through their hiring plans, through lasting instructional commitments, and through adjustments in teaching assignments for faculty members who contribute by teaching in these programs. We also appreciate the faculty who advise students to take courses in these departments, and who find creative ways to broaden discussions of diversity and internationalization in their classes in all of UW's academic departments.

Hiring practices. I encourage you to help us diversify the faculty and staff as well as the student body. An important first step in faculty hiring is to insist on fair, open searches that are national or international in scope and that encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. You might want to invite Nell Russell from UW's Employment Practices and Affirmative Action Office to be part of the discussions undertaken by your search committees.

Community activities. I also urge you to participate in the activities and programs organized around affirming difference. Examples include Martin Luther King Days of Dialogue (in January), the Shepard Symposium for Social Justice (in March), the Multicultural Resource Center, the Rainbow Resource Center, and other initiatives.

Other resources. There is a "diversity" quick link on the UW homepage which provides information about the wide array of academic programs, student organizations, and support services offices that are committed to diversity. The President's Advisory Council on Minorities' and Women's Affairs (PACMWA) has a Diversity Resource Guide that can be downloaded from their website at http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/pacmwa/.

These resources may be of special interest when you are recruiting new students or employees.

We all need to play a role in affirming diversity at UW. We are all stakeholders, we are all responsible, and we are all stewards in this important work.

Sincerely,

Tom Buchanan
President

I'm certainly not one to advocate the burning of crosses in black people's yards, but I'm also not one to teach acceptance of all viewpoints and ideologies. Tolerance: yes... acceptance? No. I'll tolerate gay people and defend their right to be a functioning member of society, but I don't accept their lifestyle. When they start making out with their butt-buddy in public, I draw a line.

When women's studies professors tell their class that women taking their husband's last name is a sign of the maleocentric manocracy, I don't accept their view; I'll tolerate it, though. Speaking of which- how is that "diverse?" It's merely divisive and antagonistic towards men!

ANYWAY, my point is, if you say something bad towards minorities or women, it's racism/sexism. If you say something bad towards white males or christians, it's "diversity." Also, since Wyoming is 90% whites anyway I would say that, if anything, UW is far more diverse than the rest of the state. I just thought this letter was stupid and thought I'd comment. Whenever the word "diversity" pops up, my eyes tend to glaze over because I know what will follow will be worthless liberal, hippy, feel-good claptrap.

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