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U. Colorado, Colorado Springs Diversity Official Claims She Was Pushed Out

U. Colorado, Colorado Springs Diversity Official Claims She Was Pushed Out

“Women of color are told youʼre not focused, you donʼt understand your role, disappointment is expressed about your outcomes”

She claims this was a toxic work environment. We recently saw something similar happen at Yale Nursing School. What’s going on here?

Inside Higher Ed reports:

CU Colorado Springs Diversity Chief Says She Was Pushed Out

Andrea Herrera, who was associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, said she was pushed out of her position after multiple disagreements with Chancellor Venkat Reddy about the resources that the university should put into its diversity and inclusion goals, according to The Denver Post.

In a letter to faculty members, Herrera wrote that Reddy created an “increasingly toxic workplace environment,” the Post reported. Herrera told the Post she was not supported in her position and did not have other staff members in her office for 13 months. She said her experience is an example of universities claiming they are committed to diversity and inclusion but lacking dedicated resources and failing to support staff members of color in that area.

“Women of color are told youʼre not focused, you donʼt understand your role, disappointment is expressed about your outcomes,” Herrera told the Post. “This is a bigger story about whether universities are really committed to diversity or if itʼs just superficial lip service.”

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She failed to realize that her position is a cost position not a revenue position. In the business world she would be just overhead. She, along with her diversity industrial complex cohorts, fail to realize that they don’t contribute to the organization’s performance.

We found someone with more intersectional brownie points than you had, so even more equity because shuddup. Leave your keys on the credenza on the way out.

Barry Soetoro | November 6, 2020 at 5:34 pm

Having an associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion is already an unwise over allocation of scarce resources for an unwise goal.

empiricallyobvious | November 7, 2020 at 7:06 am

Uh oh. Too bad for her. Sounds like she ran into a MOC (man of color) who demanded performance to goals. She underperformed, so ergo, it is a hostile workplace environment. Then, when she played her WOC card it got trumped by his. Aww, the boss won…oh so very patriarchal. Cry me a river…

She didn’t realize that being a black woman doesn’t trump incompetence at her job.

Years ago, I worked with a woman who happened to be black. She was fired because of incompetence, but she hired lawyers to try to sue the company. One of them called me at a later job, and asked about her. I told him that I liked her, I had worked with her at a previous company, but she didn’t do her work, it was apparent to all, and that was why she was fired. If I were to say that today, I probably would be sued myself.

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