by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Jay Schalin of the Martin Center documents the impact of politics on hiring and attendance within the UNC System.
“[D]iversity, equity, and inclusion” is a misleading term, indicating a radical political agenda rather than a set of ethical principles. …
… DEI is being used to create political litmus tests for hiring and promotion at the University of North Carolina’s flagship campus at Chapel Hill.
But Chapel Hill is not the only school in the UNC system that is pushing the DEI agenda. In this article, the third in the series, the Martin Center takes a cursory look at DEI initiatives at other campuses in the system. It is not a comprehensive study, but enough activity was found with ease to suggest that there is a serious problem throughout the system.
Much of the current DEI activity involves forcing faculty job applicants to include a “Diversity Statement” with their curriculum vitae. This was required for applicants to the following positions:
Winston-Salem State University
Adult health assistant professor, tenure-track
Under the heading “Department Skills Required,” it lists “a commitment to equity and inclusion.”
Assistant professor of biological oceanography
Under the heading “Required Documents” is listed a “Diversity Statement.” It is defined as “a statement that addresses how their cultural, experiential, and/or academic background contributes to the building of an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.”
A troubling statement also on the job advertisement says: “We believe the importance of modern biological principles must transcend the university classroom and enable our students to contribute as global citizens.”
Assistant professor of computer science
A “Diversity Statement” is mentioned under the heading “Required Documents” that addresses “how issues of diversity shape their working practices, past and planned.”
The job advertisement also states that the department is seeking “candidates with experience or a demonstrated willingness to participate in teaching, mentoring, research, or service activities that promote the growth of an equitable, diverse, and inclusive academic environment.”