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San Diego State U. Faculty Senate Passes Resolution to Include DEI in Promotion Decisions

San Diego State U. Faculty Senate Passes Resolution to Include DEI in Promotion Decisions

“New faculty are already expected to submit a diversity statement during the hiring process”

What this basically means is that if you’re not on board with DEI, don’t expect to get promoted.

The College Fix reports:

SDSU faculty vote to include DEI in promotion decisions

San Diego State University’s faculty senate recently passed a resolution to include diversity criteria in their reappointment, tenure and promotion decisions.

The motion passed in early September with 56 yes votes, nine no votes, and 12 abstaining.

A diversity requirement already existed that called on faculty to be “responsive” to the needs of diverse student populations.

The newly approved language spells out exactly how members of reappointment, tenure and promotion committees should determine whether candidates are in compliance.

They are to now use standards developed by their respective academic departments.

“Because the university provides access to underrepresented groups as well as traditional groups, the faculty shall be responsive to diverse student populations and needs through teaching, scholarship, research, and/or service, as appropriate, in alignment with department and college diversity plans,” the updated criteria states.

SDSU physics Professor Arlette Baljon, who voted against the motion, said her primary objection was linking the existing requirement to college diversity plans, which are “top-down” documents.

“The college diversity plans are not approved by faculty in the college,” she told The College Fix via email. “They are constructed by a small hand-picked committee.”

Every academic department has its own diversity plan, which they were required to develop after a University Senate resolution was approved in February 2018.

“Given these plans have been adopted by every academic unit, virtually everyone should be able to articulate meaningful efforts to support DEI, whether it be participating in an inclusive pedagogy workshop, or taking implicit bias training before participating on a search committee,” the September 2022 meeting agenda stated.

New faculty are already expected to submit a diversity statement during the hiring process, the agenda continued, so assessing evidence of their commitment in later performance reviews is “a natural progression.”

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Why must a student at SDSU have to pay for a course where the Instructor may be intellectually inferior due to DEI practices??

Colonel G Taylor | October 24, 2022 at 1:17 pm

These policies oughtta open up opportunities for new research institutes to be opened in other countries.

These new Centers of Excellence would not be subject to this kind of thing.

My guess is that top-tier talent would be glad to walk away from this kind of anti-scientific RightThink/WrongThink diktaks.

The funding would be public or private or a combination.

And my guess is that these places would thrive… as has happened numerous times in past history.

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Any opportunistic folks outside the U.S. paying any attention?

    henrybowman in reply to Colonel G Taylor. | October 24, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    This is topographically equivalent to the question, “if the USA goes down the rathole, where would be a better place to move my family?” Which itself is topographically equivalent to the question, “When the rain soaks through this tree I am standing under, which tree should I move to?” All the old standard answers to this question — Costa Rica, New Zealand, Switzerland — have evaporated ahead of us, and I’m too damn old to learn Polish. (Disclosure: I’ve always been too old to learn Polish. Or even French or Spanish.)

      Colonel G Taylor in reply to henrybowman. | October 25, 2022 at 5:44 am

      Not to fret, Henry Bowman— Many well-intentioned people thought that DisneyWorld in central Florida (quite undeveloped at the time first proposed) was a ridiculous idea. Likewise FedEx. Many other examples.

      Does anyone have Peter Thiel or Steve Kiesch on speed-dial? Or some other independent thinker with access to capital and or connections?

      Perhaps a proposal could be made to the government of Bermuda? Or maybe the Bahamas? Or elsewhere.

      For a new institution — to be called, oh idk, perhaps “Meritocracy U”

Colonel G Taylor | October 25, 2022 at 5:11 am

Point well taken.

I would ask you to recall that when Fernando Valenzuela was a rookie he did not speak English. So, the Dodgers got him an interpreter, and they may also have kept one or more Spanish-speakers on the regular 25-man roster to help out.

There are many other similar examples. Guys from Korea or Japan.

When Americans play professional baseball in Japan I’m sure that accommodations are made. This is not new. Kobe Bryant was a schoolchild when his dad played professionally in Italy; that’s why Kobe and sisters learned Italian. Many other examples.

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Talent — especially top-tier talent — finds a way. Accommodations can be negotiated. Where there’s the will to make it work, there will be ways to make it work.

The point is that SDSU was never intended to be a first-rate university. So, their lack of commitment to excellence has just become more explicit. However, UCSD has always been nearby and is supposed to be one of California’s flagship universities.

“San Diego State U. Faculty Senate Passes Resolution to Include DEI in Promotion Decisions.”

Oh, they have been doing it for years. They just decided to codify it. I stopped applying for jobs that demanded “diversity statements” knowing what they really were.

SDSU faculty should immediately subject itself to review and racial remediation: fire white professors and hire presumably equally qualified POCs to replace them.

Assuming the really wanted to live up to their “virtue” signalling.