“We are making an emphatic statement about our commitment to recruiting the most distinguished scholars, who will help diversify Yale”
It’s probably safe to assume this initiative has little to do with diversity of viewpoint.
Yale Daily News reports:
Yale expands faculty diversity funding
Yale’s Faculty Excellence and Diversity Initiative, a University-wide effort to recruit and retain a diversity of professors, will be renewed for an additional five years with a $35 million boost to its budget.
The initiative, created in late 2015, dedicated millions of dollars to make competitive offers to tenure-track faculty members that can “enrich the excellence and diversity” of the University, according to its website. Among other causes, the fund also provides slots for roughly 10 Presidential Visiting Fellows every year. The initiative has brought over 80 professors to the University and attracted a number of doctoral students through the Dean’s Emerging Scholars program. With the additional monetary commitment, the program’s budget will grow from $50 million to a total of $85 million.
University President Peter Salovey said in his community-wide email last month that Yale expanded the initiative due to its success.
“We are making an emphatic statement about our commitment to recruiting the most distinguished scholars, who will help diversify Yale, transform their fields, create knowledge to improve the world, and inspire our students to lead and serve all sectors of society,” he wrote.
Faculty diversity has become a key issue for the University in recent years. In 2016, Salovey called the lack of minority representation among professors Yale’s “single biggest problem.” According to the Office of Institutional Research, there are roughly two male ladder faculty members in the FAS for every female — meaning that there are nearly 200 more men than women in such positions.
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