Magazine article Insight on the News

College Campuses Now Are `Diversity' Mills

Magazine article Insight on the News

College Campuses Now Are `Diversity' Mills

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You've written a tuition check, carted your son or daughter off to college, given last-minute admonitions and made tearful goodbyes. For those thousands of dollars, the anguish of seeing your 17- or 18-year-old pack up and leave home for the first time, and entrusting him or her to strangers, what are some of the things you might expect? One thing for sure is that your youngster will encounter and be bombarded with diversity newspeak.

"Diversity" is a big buzzword on college and university campuses. Diversity has fogged and claimed the minds of campus administrators so much so that they've created diversity fiefdoms. Harvard University Medical School has an Office for Diversity and Community Partnership. Brown University has a Diversity Institute. The University of California at Berkeley has a Diversity Committee and a diversity officer. At George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where I teach, there's a Diversity Advisory Board and an Office for Diversity Programs and Services. At most colleges and universities, there's a diversity or multiculturalism agenda to propagandize students.

According to Merriam Webster's dictionary, "diversity" means diverseness, multifariousness, multiformity, multiplicity and variousness. The opposite of diversity is uniformity or identity. For the bulk of universities and colleges, diversity means race and sex quotas, and programs to ensure that representative forms of sexual deviancy become an accepted norm. To ensure this politically correct vision of campus life, there are forms of diversity that can't be tolerated--ideological and political diversity. In these cases, there must be uniformity and identity.

According to Karl Zinsmeister's article, "The Shame of America's One-Party Campuses," in the American Enterprise (September 2002), campus political (and hence ideological) diversity is all but absent. Zinsmeister sampled faculty political affiliation obtained from local voter-registration records at several universities. He classified faculty who registered as Democratic, Green or Working Families party members as belonging to the party of the left, and those registered as Republicans or Libertarians as members of the party of the right. …

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