Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Paying lip service to diversity
Every now and then we see get one of these "Yale isn't diverse enough" columns in the YDN. Not surprisingly, this one follows suit in lamenting the fact that Yale doesn't have enough blacks on faculty: "According to a 2002 report in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Yale had the lowest percentage of black tenured professors in the entire Ivy League. (That fact is more distressing given that even at the top-ranked school, Columbia, only 4.3 percent of tenured professors were black.)"

And the editor who penned this column focuses on the unfulfilled promises of the Yale administration, praising their words amidst this criticism: "Every time they are challenged on the University's record, they offer clear statements emphasizing their hopes of building a student body and hiring a faculty that, in Provost Andrew Hamilton's words, more closely 'mirrors the diversity of society.'"

But if we're trying to reflect society, then why are less than 10 percent (closer to 3 percent) of faculty members conservatives? And more importantly, why doesn't the YDN ever criticize that fact? If the true goal is diversity of a societal basis, and not strictly a visual, skin-based logic, then we should be more concerned about this.

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