U. of Washington Professor Blasts Campus Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statements
Mass slams DEI statements as “destructive to the foundational values of academia, create a monoculture of opinion, act as a litmus test of political belief, and often hurt the groups they are meant to support.”
Dr. Clifford Mass is an American professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. His research focuses on numerical weather modeling and prediction
He got a B.S. in physics at Cornell University in 1974.
Mass maintains a popular weather blog and gives frequent public lectures on topics ranging from Washington state weather history to issues related to climate change. One of his recent posts was fascinating.
Mass blasted campuses’ diversity-equity-inclusion (DEI) statements as “destructive to the foundational values of academia, create a monoculture of opinion, act as a litmus test of political belief, and often hurt the groups they are meant to support.”
His critique is divided into three main areas:
DEI Statements are Compelled Speech
The First Amendment bars the government from compelling people to express ideas they do not want to say. Thus, it is illegal for a state university, such as the University of Washington, to compel faculty speech, and this is particularly egregious if the required speech is political in nature.
To illustrate, a number of the current University of Washington faculty job announcements compel speech by requiring that the applicants state their commitment to DEI principles. For example, the applicant for an Assistant Professor position of School Psychology in the UW College of Education must provide “a one-page diversity statement describing your experience and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.” This is clearly contrary to the First Amendment.
…The compelled speech of faculty DEI statements is similar in nature to the infamous University loyalty oaths of the late 1940s and early 1950s, where applicants had to attest to their commitment to American institutions and rejection of communist ideology….
DEI Statements are Abusive to Faculty
DEI statements have substantial potential for abuse, such as serving as a litmus test of political belief, screening out candidates of particular backgrounds and beliefs, or giving preference to candidates from specific racial, ethnic, or sexual orientation groups. Such statements also have the potential to lessen the quality of faculty teaching, research, and service, or to reduce the diversity of viewpoints among college faculty.
At some institutions, such as some schools in the University of California system, DEI statements have been used to filter faculty candidates BEFORE their academic and teaching credentials were considered. Thus, a brilliant potential faculty member destined for Nobel-Prize-level contributions would be rejected if her commitment to DEI was not sufficient….
No Evidence Produces Any Positive Benefit for Anyone
…. An extensive search of the academic literature finds no published studies documenting the value of faculty DEI statements, and inquiries to DEI statement supporters reveal they have no evidence to cite. In contrast, faculty DEI statements have substantial potential to cause harm and division.
Follow-up Plea to AAUP Labelled as “Spam”
Mass sent this article to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), seeking to end this freedom-crushing exercise in thought control.
It ended up as spam.
AAUP’s mission is to protect faculty freedom, and it played an important role in protesting the loyalty statements and restrictions on faculty speech during the late 40s and 50s. UW AAUP refused to publish my contribution on their listserv, with the moderator calling the above message “spam.” UW AAUP has been captured by partisan activists who regularly censor viewpoints different from theirs. Ironically, their actions prove several of the points noted above.
One note: Mass is an American Meteorological Society and past Puget Sound American Meteorological Society chapter president. He is a true expert, an effective professor, and loves real science. He is hardly a “conservative extremist” (e.g., his views on “climate crisis“). How bad must the situation really be on American campuses that he has to take to a blog to offer his scathing assessment…one that appears to have been sent to the void?
My son is planning to obtain t a degree in physics, then eventually focus on an academic research career. I pray Mass can make a difference, and soon.
For more information, here is Mass on Hold the Line podcast. In this segment, Mass discusses how wokeness has infected universities like the University of Washington and how it has affected public safety in the Pacific Northwest and across the country.
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A brave man who should be prepared for his life to be upended.
What we need is organizing to create an effective group to uproot those attacking others. This shit has gone too far.
I’d respect him if he hadn’t used “her” in his hypothetical. It spoiled the whole statement.
In civilized society it would be a coin toss. However, Her choice is biased towards female, the fairer sex. It is likely that he has her on his brain.
Those writing or speaking should not have to interrupt their thought process at ever pronoun, and then apportion the gender according to some scheme. In standard English, the male acs as the neuter. If the subject is known to be a female, the feminine is used. The same applies to gendered nouns. It’s chairman, or chairwomen in the case of a known female. Actor-actress etc.
Starting in the early seventies publicity seeking viragoes started demanding ridiculous changes for manufactured (womanfactured, wopersonfactured, woperdaughterfactured) slights. It has led to no end of trouble. Language should evolve naturally, and not be pushed down our throats. The professor demonstrated that even he is cowed to some degree.
What a nitpicking buffoon you are.
Maybe his entrenched memory of hurricanes being called she. I guess hurricanes are gender fluid in addition to being fliud.
Diversity (i.e. color judgment, class-based bigotry, political congruence) is inequity, exclusion or DIEversity.
That said, diversity of individuals, minority of one. #HateLovesAbortion
Apparently ‘thou shalt have no other gods before DEI/CRT/ESG’ rings true for the members of the lefty progressive cult. They have established a puedo religion complete with an Orthodoxy, required offerings and sacrifices, public performative acts to demonstrate adherence, the sale of indulgences, excommunication from their ranks and public shaming for those who transgress.
Religion, but not pseudo. Faith is the trust logical domain. Religion is a behavior protocol, accompanied with supporting evidence (e.g. history, myths). Judge a religion by its principles, not principals.
DEI statements are the word of God, verbum dei.
A ray of hope. Nice.
Heard from my neighbor this morning – he spotted an article in the local whereby Washington has become a “leader” in composting human remains as an alternative to burial and cremation. Whatever hope Dr. Mass gives me, my wack-a-doodle homeboys made quick work of it with their madness.
Oh. Forgot the link: https://www.myclallamcounty.com/2023/03/23/human-composting-comes-to-clallam-county/
Mass has been burned as a witch once already by the puritans of climate change. Although he came out pretty good on that and for the most part remained un-cancelled.
He must have an internship under Jordan Peterson or something to go through this ringer again.
Side note. I’m keeping two houses at the moment- trying to sell my Wa house and get the family settled in the TN house. We drove out 3 weeks ago and saw tons of eastbound u-hauls across the country. In TN there were no tents, I saw no cardboard zombies on the corners and no one would believe what happens every 5 minutes at retail shops here. Also there were almost no masks. We seriously had a PTSD sort of thing going on seeing actual “normal’ behavior.
What do I see when I board the flight from Charlotte to Seattle? Both flight attendants (likely Seattle based) had useless cloth masks and wore them the entire flight. Several passengers had masks on and when I got to the airport probably 15% of all people walking SeaTac airport were still masked up.
There’s a mental illness in the Puget Sound. It is a deep dark mania and the behavior is bordering on cult like.
“no one would believe what happens every 5 minutes at retail shops here.”
Well, don’t keep us in suspense, what?
Cash register rings and door alarm doesn’t?
Here in Silver Spring MD I see the same nonsense re masks. I am dumbfounded when I see people who are masked walking alone on the street. Do they think the virus will spontaneously generate out of thin air? It appears to me that there is a hardcore group of people who have been so brainwashed that they will never will stop wearing masks.
when I got to the airport probably 15% of all people walking SeaTac airport were still masked up.
Seattle’s locked into a massive blue-think which mandates such useless public virtue signaling as wearing masks outdoors, and electing some really drooling leftists as City Councilmembers. It’s also subject to daily doses of far-left propaganda from the Seattle Times (which says not one word today of Mass’s DEI-resistant essay – the editors hate him almost as much as they hate Trump).
It once was a pretty attractive town, though today is suffering from the murder of a driver who criticized a misdirected scooter’s errant ways, and was shot in retaliation. Ban all attack-scooters today!
It’s as much about the small stuff as the big stuff.
Bags at the grocery store
General good manners
FAR less passive aggressive driving (in Wa, turn signal means speed up to cut some one off from making a lane change)- in TN- 9 of 10 times they will slow down and make room to let you in.
The signs in front of houses are bible verses rather than virtue signalling.
Almost no trash on the side of the roads
Throw on top of that the big stuff- gun rights, absence of blue tarps and homeless camps, and all the trappings of what a generally well run state looks like. I hope to hell all the fleeing people from blue states don’t ruin it.
Another brave soul to speak out against “group think.”
Cliff Mass was also accused of being a racist when he opposed a loony-tunes carbon tax awhile back.
Lunatics in the past were a small minority and tolerated. Now sane people are the small minority and not tolerated. Suddenly things are upside down, backwards, reversed or twisted
“A number of the current University of Washington faculty job announcements compel speech by requiring that the applicants state their commitment to DEI principles.”
Ya don’t say? This has been standard practice in all US colleges for at least 20 + years, with no exceptions I’m aware of, except maybe U of Chicago after it came out publicly against it in principle.
as a business owner for over 55 years…it grieves me to see the responses we get to employment applications…these are for 100k per year jobs and the applicants cannot spell or do simple math…but who have graduated from college…their grammar is terrible and their attitude even worse….companies operate on their ability to make a profit …our business or any other is not going to survive with personnel who are not committed to our mission and our dedication to our customers to provide a good service for their money ….