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Princeton Experiments With Social Justice Training Program

Princeton Experiments With Social Justice Training Program

“students will develop competencies and perspectives crucial to the creation of an inclusive campus climate”

If you were lucky enough to attend a school like Princeton, why would you waste your time on this?

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Princeton to Test Drive ‘Social Justice’ Training Program

Princeton University will test drive its new “social justice” training pre-orientation program this September, with 39 freshmen selected to discuss “issues of identity, power privilege, and difference” during a five-day retreat.

The program Dialogue and Difference in Action (DDA) will have upperclassmen and university staff “lead small-group discussion sessions and full group interactive exercises designed to help participants explore their own identities and contend with the challenges posed by the pervasive influence of racism, sexism, homophobia.”

“Through self-reflection and dialogue, students will develop competencies and perspectives crucial to the creation of an inclusive campus climate,” according to the program description.

Princeton’s Women*s Center, LGBT Center, and the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding will all be involved in running the program and training the student group leaders, according to the Daily Princetonian.

LaTanya Buck, the dean for diversity and inclusion, was instrumental in DDA’s development. She was hired last year after a special task force on diversity, equity, and inclusion recommended Princeton find a “senior administrator to focus on educating and engaging the entire student body around difference and identity.”

Buck directed questions about what activities or materials the program will utilize to university spokesman Daniel Day, who wrote in an email to the Washington Free Beacon, “Students will engage in peer-facilitated small group discussions, full group presentations and self-reflective activities such as journaling on a variety of topics, including political dynamics and social justice movements. As they do in other orientation programs, students will share stories about themselves and get to know their new classmates.”


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nordic_prince | August 30, 2017 at 3:34 pm

When I went through freshmen orientation at my university, we covered such mundane things as: selection of classes for the upcoming semester, dorm assignment, and location of the major buildings on campus. Short, sweet, and to the point, but then again orientation isn’t that complicated if there are no social engineering agendas to push.

My, how times have changed.

    nordic_prince in reply to nordic_prince. | August 30, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Syllabi were one-page affairs, too. Now mine runs several pages because of all the baloney I have to include – and I doubt it’s atypical, unfortunately.

Perfect! Rich, entitled students talking about “social justice.”

(Please send someone around to pick me up off the floor. I’ve laughed so hard I cannot get up.)

What if a student fails to develop the correct perspective?

Did anyone hear Fox (Tucker?) last night where some math curriculum woman was saying how it’s important to have social justice in teaching math?
You have to hear it to believe it.