Does anyone on the campus left realize how authoritarian ‘mandatory diversity training’ sounds?

The College Fix reports:

Penn student government is getting mandatory diversity training

The student government at the University of Pennsylvania is adopting mandatory diversity training for some of its members, with two of the six branches of the governing body soon to impose required attendance at the meetings.

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports that the student government’s Nominations and Elections Committee hosted a diversity training meeting earlier this month “following internal calls for the governing bodies to be more sensitive to diversity earlier this semester.” Diversity training for the elections committee is a mandatory regular occurrence, though this meeting was open to all members of the student government.

The Daily reports that this month’s training “included topics like privilege, microaggressions, biases, and interactive games for the participants.” The facilitator of the event “talked about how to realize how some words can impact people of certain backgrounds, and encouraged those in attendance to share their own experiences with their peers.”

From the report:

Members from the other five branches of student government — the Undergraduate Assembly, Student Activities Council, Student Committee on Undergraduate Education, Social Planning and Events Committee, and the four Class Boards — were not required to attend.

College and Wharton senior Maria Curry, who chairs the UA’s Dining, Housing, and Transit Committee, said all members of the UA Cabinet, which includes the executive board and committee directors, were present at the training. She also said members from every branch of student government were in attendance.


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