U. Colorado Boulder to Hire Chief Diversity Officer in Response to Student Activists
“We will not ignore your calls for diversity, equity and inclusion”
A student group made demands of the administration, and the school responded be announcing their intention to make this hire, even though this was not one of the demands.
The Daily Camera reports:
University of Colorado Boulder to hire chief diversity officer
The University of Colorado Boulder will hire a chief diversity officer to support underrepresented groups on campus, Chancellor Phil DiStefano wrote in a letter to campus this week.
Campus leaders will conduct a national search for the new administrative position, which will report directly to DiStefano.
CU Boulder students, faculty and staff have called on the university to address institutional racism, and DiStefano in June pledged to do so by listening to the campus community, implementing a diversity and inclusion plan and requiring mandatory bystander training.
He echoed that commitment Wednesday.
“We will not ignore your calls for diversity, equity and inclusion,” DiStefano wrote. “This commitment to new leadership and our increased financial investments are part of a holistic change. We will take decisive, immediate, long-overdue action, and we will do it together.”
The chief diversity officer will take into consideration input from underrepresented campus groups to advise DiStefano and other campus leaders on how to make CU Boulder more diverse, equitable and inclusive, according to DiStefano’s letter.
But hiring an administrator was not among the calls for change from students, faculty and staff in recent months.
Graduate student Juan Pablo Ramirez pointed to the demands made by the Divest 2 Invest collective, which is calling on university leaders to divest from campus and Boulder police and invest in programs that support Black, Indigenous and people of color on campus.
Specific demands include increasing funding for mental health services, implementing antiracism training and education, and creating a police hiring accountability board.
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Activiists: You have the following choices:
1) Shut up and get back to class.
2) Withdraw and find a college more suited to your demands.
-signed- Dean T F Grizzly
Diversity director means dean of racism.
“Diversity” means they
DON’T WANT ANY OF IT.
At least the Commies were honest by calling them Political Officers.
You beat me to it. That crossed my mind.
“The University of Colorado Boulder will hire a chief diversity officer to support underrepresented groups on campus”
Underrepresented people. Adults? Sane people? Christians?
The Univ of Colo was facing a $250 million budget deficit:
Their enrollment is shrinking:
So then, what is their response?
They hire another token minority administrator with a fat salary and a retinue of highly paid assistants, but no educational responsibilities. That’s about a half-million dollars per year bribe to keep the potential rioters peaceful.
At the same time, they are laying off the non-tenured and part-time faculty who actually do most of the teaching. At these Enormous State Universities, the tenured research professors are too busy writing research grants to teach, so those duties fall to cheaper hired help (been there, done that).
So the funds allocated to the King of Diversity and his/her entourage would have been enough to prevent firing 10-20 non-tenured and part-time faculty. Having worked at an ESU, I’m not surprised that they prioritize virtue signaling over undergraduate education, because undergrad education generally gets prioritized last.
I wonder if the students realize that the funds are limited, and hiring this additional administrator will result in the firing of many people who actually used to teach. That means closing down multiple sections of large courses, resulting in more students getting closed out of their required courses and requiring five years for a four-year degree.
A Quarter Billion here and a Quarter Billion there and soon you’re talking about some change.
Cut their money bags off.