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Northern Illinois University Hiring a ‘Director of Social Justice Education’

Northern Illinois University Hiring a ‘Director of Social Justice Education’

“will report directly to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion”

This is nothing more than the creation of a new bureaucracy in higher education.

Campus Reform reports:

University is hiring a ‘Director of Social Justice Education’ to create ‘university-wide culture shifts’

Northern Illinois University (NIU) has recently posted a job opening for a “Director of Social Justice Education.”

NIU requires that the Director of Social Justice Education (SJE) must be “ethical, committed to social justice,” and “equity,” and motivated to deliver results “focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and organizational transformation.”

This position will be responsible for developing college-wide programs that focus on “cultural competency, racial healing and reconciliation, counternarratives, community building, restorative justice, equity, and inclusion responsive to the ongoing needs of all constituents at NIU,” according to the description.

Potential job candidates must have 3 years of experience with programs that “advance social justice and or diversity, equity and/or inclusion,” and also have experience working with “diverse populations.”

The lengthy job description further states that the new director will report directly to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADEI) and that the Director of SJE will develop “university-wide” programs that align with the school’s three Strategic Priorities within Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the “University Goals,” and the “Strategic Enrollment Management Plan.”

NIU’s goals for the Fiscal Year 2022 include pursuing the “equity goals” that are outlined in the Higher Learning Commission Quality Initiative Proposal (HLCQIP) and Illinois Equity in Attainment (ILEA) Equity Plan to “increase student success by removing structural barriers.”

The list of goals includes increasing the six-year graduation rate by “reducing equity gaps for Latinx students to 5% or less,” and “for both Black new freshmen and transfer students to 10% or less.” The goals also aim to increase first-year retention rates by “reducing equity gaps for Black new freshmen to 10% or less,” and “for Black transfer students to 6% or less.”

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Nope. You can’t be both “ethical” and “committed to social justice and equity.” They are mutually exclusive.

I am a NIU graduate.

My most memorable experience at NIU was when a police officer was shot one night in my dorm.

I never found out if they caught the shooter.

NIU should be concentrating on the number of students who want to go there–the last time I checked, their enrollment was down–perhaps it’s back up, but I fail to see how this is going to improve their ability to stay open and educate people.

WTF is an “equity gap?”

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to MajorWood. | April 20, 2022 at 8:00 am

    It is a phrase used to describe the gap in capabilities and initiative of one group of students compared to all of the rest.

Northern Illinois University educates a lot of teachers at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Local teachers get master degrees from NIU in order to get pay boosts from their school systems. 16% of the undergraduates are black.

Please read their diversity brochure: https://issuu.com/northernillinoisuniversity/docs/niu-diversity-profile