First Visiting Scholar at MIT School of Engineering Tasked With Diversity Outreach
“to engage engineering students and peers from across the Institute on the school’s outreach and diversity activities”
Higher education repeatedly demonstrates their belief that diversity is more important than academics.
Campus Reform reports:
MIT School of Engineering first EVER visiting scholar tasked with…diversity outreach
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced its first visiting scholar within its School of Engineering. However, instead of engineering technology, the individual will focus on the department’s diversity initiatives.
MIT announced earlier in the fall semester that it would welcome its first-ever visiting scholar within the School of Engineering. However, instead of being tasked with scholarship and teaching related to engineering, appointee Sophie Vandebroek’s goal will be “to engage engineering students and peers from across the Institute on the school’s outreach and diversity activities.”
While Vandebroek has considerable industry experience including serving as vice president of emerging technology partnerships at IBM, chief operating officer of IBM research, and chief technology officer of Xerox, her contribution to the MIT School of Engineering will be centered around ensuring that engineering students are sufficiently engaged with the university’s diversity initiatives.
This is despite the fact that MIT is already home to an entire diversity office specific to the field of engineering, which “runs outreach programs under the School of Engineering at MIT for underrepresented and underserved students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.” The Office of Engineering Outreach Programs is stacked with a full staff including an Executive Director and various program managers and coordinators.
Similarly, Vandebroek’s duties will include “mentoring students, giving lectures on leadership and innovation, and helping to advance diversity efforts in the school.” She will also work directly with the existing engineering diversity office.
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Will she also be “Mother Monitor” in charge of cookies and coloring books for MIT’s theoretical “Safe Spaces”?
Engineering is racist. What other possible reason could there be for the under represented, disparate number of “brown students”.
Oh yeah, let’s not forget that yellow Asians are over represented % wise in the student body. But I guess the Asians don’t count toward “Diversity”. MIT, like all current Universities, is only interested in skin color diversity, and not idea diversity.
Brown Indians (Call center, not casino) don’t count either. They have the brains and perseverance to succeed on their own.
I am sorry to see how MIT has gone. I’m an alum (Electrical Engineering). Now they have a president, Rafael Reif, who essentially admits to having hidden Epstein contributions after his first (and only) conviction — when he was arrested again, he disclosed some but omitted mentioning others, only disclosing them after the investigator they find uncovered them. https://news.mit.edu/2019/letter-preliminary-facts-0912
MIT has also, under this leadership, gone very far-left and embraced a university position on climate change, while causing scholars with opposing views (Richard Lindzen, famously) to leave the Institute. It’s become a partisan actor at a university level.
Rafael Reif is damaging MIT, making it into much less than the world-leading center of science and technology that it has been for most of a century. It’s a tragedy, but he isn’t leaving. It seems he’s got so much support at the MIT Corporation level, nobody can touch him.
I was very underwhelmed by Vest and Hockfield, too. Paul Grey always struck me as a sensible old-school guy, but everyone after him was just another milestone on the way to the PC graveyard.
The silver lining is that I don’t have to feel bad about cutting off my alumni donations—should save me gobs of $$.
On the same date as this post, American Greatness published an article entitled “How to Simultaneously Lower College Tuition and Solve the Homeless Crisis.” Author Edward Ring
presents an excellent send-up of progressive policies as currently being forced onto cities, by showing what these policies would be like if universities were compelled to live by the same rules with special emphasis on the new spirit of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Near the end of Ring’s article, he asks “Surely all these bureaucrats, steeped in the art of creating safe spaces and promulgating progressive ideology can have their jobs repurposed?” I immediately thought of Mike LaChance’s post here, in which he reports that “MIT announced earlier in the fall semester that it would welcome its first-ever visiting scholar within the School of Engineering. However, instead of being tasked with scholarship and teaching related to engineering, appointee Sophie Vandebroek’s goal will be “to engage engineering students and peers from across the Institute on the school’s outreach and diversity activities.”
Suddenly Ring’s tongue-in-cheek proposal has come to frightening life on the MIT campus. The simultaneous publication of these two articles on the same day merely enhances my feeling that we are in the Twilight Zone for sure, now.
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