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Students and Faculty at Brandeis U. Urged to Commit to a ‘Diversity Pledge’

Students and Faculty at Brandeis U. Urged to Commit to a ‘Diversity Pledge’

“[W]e are committed to equity, inclusion and diversity in our research institutes, academic programs, policies and community relationships”

The obsession with diversity has become like a secular religion in higher education.

The College Fix reports:

Brandeis students, faculty urged to publicly pledge allegiance to diversity

Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management has created a “diversity pledge” that the school’s community is urged to commit to publicly.

“Each year Heller students, faculty and staff reaffirm this pledge and post a signed copy on their office doors,” according to the school’s website.

The 115-word “Heller Diversity Pledge” states that those who sign it are to be “aware” of their own biases and to “intentionally and consistently act to address societal inequity and injustice.”

The pledge’s supporters also pledge to “engage in respectful dialogue and language that is responsible and sensitive to the opinions of others and free of rancor and attack, in and outside the classroom.”

On the Heller School’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion webpage, students are directly encouraged to “Take the Pledge.”

“It is the responsibility of each and every member of the Heller community to acknowledge the meaningful differences that inform each individual’s identity, and to uphold and defend our shared values as we strive to create a more equitable future for all,” it reads.

The College Fix asked Brandeis if the Heller Diversity Pledge was optional for students and faculty, but a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion representative did not respond to a phone call and email seeking comment.

In addition to the pledge, the Heller School offers a wide variety of diversity, equity and inclusion programs.

For instance, the Heller Mentorship Program promises to help better serve and “promote the inclusion of diverse identities.” The mentors within the program are tasked with “assisting the next generation of leaders committed to social justice.”

“[W]e are committed to equity, inclusion and diversity in our research institutes, academic programs, policies and community relationships,” the Equity, Inclusion, Diversity webpage reads.

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What are the consequences for refusing to sign the pledge?
How does one measure “without rancor”? The normal mode of communication on Twitter is “with rancor.”
What does “outside the classroom” really mean? Is that consistent with the AAUP policies on academic freedom?

I Pledge to “intentionally and consistently act to address societal inequity and injustice.”

So if you feel you have been treated unfairly because of your race, other races have it better and your life is the one that matters, what will you do to address this inequity and injustice?

1. Protest
2. Loot
3. Sign up for Affirmative Action
4. Gimme gimme gimme.
5. That’s not enough. I deserve more.

    Peabody in reply to Peabody. | May 2, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    In 20 years, when I realize there’s not enough to go around and illegals have my share, “I pledge vote Republican.”

      Peabody in reply to Peabody. | May 2, 2022 at 4:41 pm

      I might be dreaming, but I think that once black people start defecting from the Democrat party there is going to be a giganitc change on the political landscape. And I think Democrats are preparing for it by bringing illegals to take their place.

        randian in reply to Peabody. | May 2, 2022 at 11:06 pm

        Democrats are unelectable (except in places like SF, LA, and NYC) without the Black block vote.

For when the WOKEMOB going through to smote the UNWOKE will see the sign on the door and will pass over the door and not let the TWENTYSOMETHINGS smite your tenure.

The Gentle Grizzly | May 2, 2022 at 6:25 pm

I pledge to take a real major, (I wish I had!), go to class, ask pertinent questions of my instructors, study hard, earn good marks, graduate with honors, and otherwise keep to myself because I am at college to learn things.

    OldProf2 in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | May 2, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    That’s the advice I gave my kids when they went off to college!

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to OldProf2. | May 2, 2022 at 8:06 pm

      I took a stupid major, But, as for demonstrations and “causes”, I had no time for that nonsense. The never-ending whining and complaining of the “Hispanics” about “stolen land”, blah blah stroke stroke got very old. I am willing to bet three things:

      1) They weren’t taking real majors.

      2) They had student loans – from banks in those days – with no intention of paying them back so they could stick it to The Man.

      3) Never heard of the Treaty of Guadalouoe Hldalgo.

Your urgency is not my command.

Thank you very much and have a nice dayz

I recall when a litmus test was a bad thing….oh wait, that’s only for Republicans.

Again.

There was a famous televangelist named Oral Roberts. One time, he announced that if he did not raise $X dollars, God would call him back to his maker. I think Brandeis should adopt a similar campaign:

“This pledge is voluntary. However, if less than 80% sign the pledge, then we will respond by firing all of the DEI staff and ending all of the DEI training to teach you all a lesson.”