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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