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Point Park University Closing Office of Equity and Inclusion

Point Park University Closing Office of Equity and Inclusion

“The University is seeking to provide OEI’s services in the best and most efficient ways possible”

The president of the Student Government Association seems pretty upset about this decision.

Campus Reform reports:

This university is shuttering its Office of Equity and Inclusion

Point Park University’s (PPU) Student Government Association (SGA) announced on Mar. 7 that the school’s Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) will cease to exist at the end of the semester.

“The mission of the Office for Equity and Inclusion is to wholeheartedly foster institutional equity, diversity, and inclusion by raising awareness and implementing strategies and tools to shift mindsets,” the OEI website reads in part.

Student Government Association (SGA) President Dennis McDermott spoke with PPU’s student-run newspaper, The Globe, about the announcement.

McDermott told the publication that he will “do everything in [his] power in [his] last semester here as president to make sure this doesn’t happen.”

McDermott blamed the decision on university President Don GreenThe Globe reported.

However, Managing Director of University Marketing and Public Relations Lou Corsaro told The Globe that the office is being dissolved at the request of the office’s faculty members.

“This isn’t Don making a decision unilaterally,” Corsaro said.

Corsaro told Campus Reform, “None of the work the Office of Equity & Inclusion does is being eliminated.”

“The University is seeking to provide OEI’s services in the best and most efficient ways possible,” he continued. “Final plans for what that looks like are still being developed. Point Park University remains committed to engaging with all students on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

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henrybowman | April 2, 2022 at 3:59 pm

“the office is being dissolved at the request of the office’s faculty members.”
Oh oh. Somebody actually read the E&O insurance policy.

e pluribus unum | April 2, 2022 at 6:35 pm

Equity means everyone gets a “C”. We all get a trophy.
Take points from the “A” students and give them to the failing students. Everyone ends up in the same place. Equity.
Employers will see everyone has “C’s”. How can the prospective employer choose the best candidate for the job if all the grades are phony-baloney? (Maybe choose the one who showed up on time, was prepared and enthusiastic and didn’t look like a carnival sideshow.)
So if the interview determines who gets the job-maybe college is irrelevant.

Office of Equity Inquisitions.

If you read the linked story, the university has a parallel ‘”Office of Inclusive Excellence” and the two offices are merging. Sounds as if the HR types have won a bureaucratic battle with the student-facing administrators.