Professors Need the Power to Fire Diversity Bureaucrats

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“In recent years, diversity, equity, and inclusion administrators have proliferated across colleges as the ‘kindly inquisitors’ of the ‘Great Awokening.’ These officials are supposed to make sure that people from underrepresented groups feel included on campus. Yet in practice, DEI offices and the deans who supervise them have taken on a dubious enterprise: enforcing leftist speech norms most familiar to highly educated cultural elites. … nonprogressives of all races have ample reason to fear that, unless their speech is perfectly artful, they won’t just face criticism; they’ll have HR problems. Student activists respond to that incentive. They reframe ideological disagreements as emotional traumas or ‘unsafe’ climates. Deans either don’t know or don’t care that ostensibly neutral rules are being weaponized in ideological power struggles.” (06/13/22)