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STEM Departments at Stanford University Reportedly Overrun With Diversity and Inclusion Directives

STEM Departments at Stanford University Reportedly Overrun With Diversity and Inclusion Directives

“Review today’s lecture slides to make sure that stock photos and illustrations with people in them include diverse races and genders in non-stereotyped roles.”

This is rapidly becoming the norm. The left’s political agenda is put in front of everything.

The College Fix reports:

Stanford’s STEM departments overrun with DEI directives

Stanford University consistently ranks among the top U.S. schools in practically every major field related to science and engineering.

However, a glance at recent reports, course recommendations and syllabi from some of Stanford’s STEM departments suggests its faculty and administrators have come to place the advancement of ideology pertaining to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, or DEI, on par with providing students with a world class education in science, technology, engineering and math.

recent report in the Stanford Review, a center-right student publication, discussed an increase in courses at the school that aim to teach something called environmental justice, which the author claims is cloaked as science, but, in actuality, is an attempt by administrators and activists at “embedding race and gender politics into how we approach climate change.”

Moreover, the author suggested this trend has more broadly “seeped into how the university teaches, discusses, and approaches science.”

Two STEM departments at Stanford recently highlighted for working to promote DEI among their students and faculty, and further embed DEI into how they approach science, are those of computer science and mechanical engineering.

In the computer science department, where DEI concepts have been worked into ethics courses and department leaders send out mass emails on race-related news stories with links to DEI tool kits, professors are strongly encouraged to create more inclusive communities within their classrooms.

Some recommendations seem to amount to largely performative measures such as redoing syllabi, Power Points, and office decor to be more adherent with current DEI norms:

“Glance over your syllabus to see if it could be updated to include some of the inclusive language suggested throughout this document on matters such as pronouns.”

“Review today’s lecture slides to make sure that stock photos and illustrations with people in them include diverse races and genders in non-stereotyped roles.”

“Look around your office and/or lab space. Consider if there are things you could add or remove that would make the space more welcoming generally, and also signal welcome to a diverse student body (e.g., remove very masculine or heavily CS-stereotyped movie posters).”

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Comments

henrybowman | July 9, 2022 at 5:16 pm

“Review today’s lecture slides to make sure that stock photos and illustrations with people in them include diverse races and genders in non-stereotyped roles.”

Mine would immediately be reworked to feature gray ETs, lizard people, werewolves, angels, Shrek ogres, and talking snakes.

The Gentle Grizzly | July 10, 2022 at 7:06 am

Office décor: I’d frame and hang a copy of the Declaration of Independence, a print of that picture depicting the black Republican congressmen of the 19th century, a picture of Clarence Thomas…