30.4.19

THE CASE FOR THE LAND-GRANTS, MID-MAJORS, AND REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVES.

Columbia sociologist Musa al-Gharbi concludes "'Viewpoint Diversity' is About Much More than Politics" by noting the folly of the usual suspects at the top of the academic pecking order curating their incoming classes and calling themselves diverse.
In fact, those who are upset about the dearth of political or religious diversity in the academy should be at the forefront of championing demographic diversity and inclusion — and expanding education access, as well.

That is, rather than trying to bring in the same ‘types’ of people and hoping a larger share of them will somehow hold different social and political views, it would be far more effective to demand that we incorporate a broader range of U.S. society and culture among our faculty, staff and students.

If we get more people of color, more immigrants and international students, more low-income and first generation students, more students from rural areas, post-industrial regions and small towns – they will bring with them a much wider range of viewpoints than we currently have, including with respect to politics and religion.
That's a competition the land-grants, mid-majors, and regional comprehensives could win by default, if they'd but make the effort.

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