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Purdue Consolidating Over Budget Concerns, Profs Worry About Diversity Departments

Purdue Consolidating Over Budget Concerns, Profs Worry About Diversity Departments

“We are essentially broke”

When schools run out of money, the diversity departments will be one of the first to go. This should surprise no one.

Campus Reform reports:

Purdue consolidates amid budget concerns, professors upset about diversity departments

The Purdue University Board of Trustees is consolidating 16 academic departments into six over budgetary concerns.

As one might expect, faculty members are opposed to the move. But their concerns are not entirely academic-related. Rather, they are concerned that the university is consolidating diversity programs focused on “minoritized and marginalized communities.”

On August 4, the School of Interdisciplinary Studies told several department heads that they were relieved of their positions, according to the Perdue Exponent. The program stated that the decision was based on budgetary concerns related to the pandemic.

“We are essentially broke,” the communication reportedly stated.

Global Studies Director Tithi Bhattacharya, who was informed that her position was being eliminated, is concerned that many of the women who lost their posts were women of color, according to the report. She also noted that five of the six new division leads are men.

Maren Linnet, director of the “critical disability studies program,” was also relieved of her position and informed that her department would be incorporated into a new “Race, Gender and Intersectionality” division. She pointed out that the sixth new division lead is a white woman.

The day after Purdue’s announcement, Bhattacharya launched a petition that has gained almost 4,000 signatures.

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Comments

Morning Sunshine | August 31, 2020 at 10:24 am

unless that petition is accompanied by cash, there is very little that can be done.

If you want to stay teaching at a university in the coming years, make sure you provide an actual valuable service AND be the best in that field.

Also, don’t be difficult to get along with.

This is what happens when you run off students with your wild theories and demands of obedience to a single thought. This is what happens when you run out of other people’s money

    ConradCA in reply to mishka. | August 31, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    That’s what happens when your department doesn’t provide students with any marketable skills.

      docduracoat in reply to ConradCA. | September 2, 2020 at 10:14 pm

      The graduates of these grievance studies departments go on to become human resource directors at corporations and school districts and government agencies.

The grievance departments can separate and form public policy centers fueled by donations. We’ll see how many middle class donations they get. I suspect very few and not enough rich kid money to keep operating.

“Global Studies Director Tithi Bhattacharya…is concerned that many of the women who lost their posts were women of color…She also noted that five of the six new division leads are men.

Maren Linnet…pointed out that the sixth new division lead is a white woman.”

Hmm. Why are institutions that are so heavily and blatantly liberal always so racist and sexist?

Also keep in mind that consolidation means fewer chair positions with $$ and other perks. It used to be a Department with several divisions. Now each division wants to be their own department, so there are now 5 chairs vs 1, and this always favors the soft departments vs the STEM group, where it is now chem, math, biol, physics vs 16 different studies programs chairs.

I bet the new division lead is a full prof who has been there for 25 years, as opposed to the new hires who are incidentally all recent AA hires of color. I guess last-in, first-out doesn’t apply to education.

    slither in reply to MajorWood. | August 31, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Indeed. Don’t underestimate how much this makes a difference. There are continual power struggles in universities and having more departments on “your side” is a huge advantage. For example, which students does university-level scholarship money go to? In a certain university I used to be affiliated with, the rules for allocating scholarships heavily discriminated against the engineering and STEM fields, because of this.

Administrative lard in higher education has been sinking the ship for the last few decades and the water is up to the gunwales now. In time the leaned-down universities will teach only what is useful to know instead of regurgitating ancient grievances to explain why POC families are unable to produce children who obey the law and honor the country that allows them to enjoy the fruits of society, which include the opportunity to work hard and get ahead the way other minorities manage to do. Yes, I denounce myself for selective racism.

GOOD RIDDANCE!!! May this happen to all “Diversity” departments!

I work in a school district with a diversity division. The only thing they do is generate meetings and guide training that says, straight out, that teachers don’t really care about students.

Purdue has better uses for these funds and I have no doubt those people would be valued in other positions.

“…into a new “Race, Gender and Intersectionality” division”

They should have eliminated that division. Getting rid of these depts across the country will be necessary to eliminate the rot.

The university says, “We need to slow down and steer away from the cliff’s edge.” The “educated” fools say, “Straight ahead at full throttle. What could go wrong?”
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