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U. Texas-Austin Proposes Political Litmus Tests on Hiring and Promotions for Diversity

U. Texas-Austin Proposes Political Litmus Tests on Hiring and Promotions for Diversity

“An excellent and diverse faculty benefits our educational and instructional experiences and strengthens our research, scholarship, and creativity.”

This is all being pushed under the banner of diversity and inclusion, which increasingly appears to mean, people who agree with progressives only.

The National Association of Scholars reports:

Exclusive: UT Austin Proposes Political Litmus Tests for Hiring and Promotion

The University of Texas at Austin is plunging head-first into the murky waters of “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” as per a recently proposed plan issued by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. The National Association of Scholars obtained the draft proposal, titled the “Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Strategic Plan” from a UT Austin employee who shall remain anonymous.

The proposal, henceforth referred to as the Plan, is based on a 2017 UT Austin “blueprint plan” called the “Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan” (UDIAP). The UDIAP was created “to reflect upon how the best education can be provided for students from all backgrounds, especially those that historically have been marginalized.” But the UDIAP doesn’t stop at reflection—it establishes the goals for achieving “diversity and inclusion” at UT Austin in eight “focus areas”:

– University Leadership
– Campus Climate and Culture
– Students
– Faculty
– Staff
– Alumni and Community
– Pre-K–12 Partnerships and Education Pipeline
– Communications, Assessment, and Accountability

The Plan is primarily intended to address focus area 4, though it also includes proposed policies related to areas 2 and 3. Presumably, other “strategic plans” will follow to cover the remaining focus areas.

In the Plan’s preamble, UT Austin leadership describes the goals it hopes to achieve in remedying the lack of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” within focus area 4, Faculty:

An excellent and diverse faculty benefits our educational and instructional experiences and strengthens our research, scholarship, and creativity. As a university with a documented history of denying equitable inclusion to qualified students, staff, and faculty, UT Austin endeavors to create an inclusive environment of teaching, research, and service in which all can learn from one another, productively interact, and share in the benefits of learning and working at a diverse university.

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Comments

The Friendly Grizzly | July 29, 2020 at 8:04 am

Will the Texas taxpayers have any say in this?

There is a ballot measure in Multnomah County to fully fund pre-school for 3 and 4 yo so they can begin the indoctrination even sooner. It will be paid for by an income tax on those making over $250K/yr. The funny part is that the neighbor who supports this is a pre-school teacher in a facility that has no black kids despite her house being plastered with BLM SWAG. My son went to a pre-school with several black kids. Sure, their dads played for the Blazers, but still. 😉

This isn’t really a political litmus test. It’s a religious test. It’s a test for the progressive religion. Maybe we can resurrect Madeleine O’Hare and get her to weigh in on this?

“An excellent and diverse faculty benefits our educational and instructional experiences and strengthens our research, scholarship, and creativity.”

Really? Then show us even ONE legitimate, verifiable study that backs up that statement. We are waiting…

HImmanuelson | July 30, 2020 at 10:22 pm

Or, they can hire the best faculty available, the ones that do the best research and teach the best classes. Gee, I’d take that 1000x over having the most diverse teachers, lol.

I don’t give a crap if my teachers are all Asian, or all Black, or all White, I want the best teachers!

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