“Candidates are required to submit a statement of accomplishments for and commitment to enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion.”
This is easy to believe because diversity has become an industry within higher education.
David Acevedo reports at the National Association of Scholars:
Exclusive: Univ. of Utah Proposes Allegiance to DEI as a Condition for Promotion and Tenure
The University of Utah (U of U) Department of Physics & Astronomy is the latest to attempt to enshrine the unholy trinity of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion—commonly abbreviated as DEI, though U of U has rearranged the terms to create the less common acronym, “EDI”—in its Departmental Retention, Promotion, and Tenure policy, according to a faculty member who shall remain anonymous.
U of U Physics & Astronomy has prioritized so-called “Equity and Inclusion” for some time, and is far from the first academic department to do so. But this proposed policy change represents a new trend within academia, in which faculty are not only pressured by unspoken rules to adhere to the religion of DEI—they are compelled to by official university policy.
The proposed additions to the Departmental Retention, Promotion, and Tenure policy were created by the U of U Physics & Astronomy EDI Committee and Executive Committee, the latter of which includes Physics Chair Christoph Boehme, Associate Chair Ben Bromley, and Associate Dean of the College of Science Pearl Sandick. In other words, DEI dogma is coming from the top down. The policy’s proposed language reads as follows:
3.5 Evaluation of Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
Candidates are required to submit a statement of accomplishments for and commitment to enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion. This statement should summarize how they advance the Department’s mission to “diversify the next generation of researchers, educators, and technology workforce leaders” and “to strive for greater equity and inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives.”
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