UA Reconsiders Controversial Proposalto Hire Student 'Social Justice Advocates'

By Fischer, Howard | AZ Daily Star, May 16, 2017 | Go to article overview

UA Reconsiders Controversial Proposalto Hire Student 'Social Justice Advocates'


Fischer, Howard, AZ Daily Star


Buffeted by claims it was creating "speech police," the University of Arizona is backing down from its plan to create "social justice advocates" on campus -- at least for the time being.

Spokeswoman Pam Scott said Monday that applications are no longer being accepted while the university re-evaluates both the job title and the responsibilities. Those duties, according to the online ad for the positions, included reporting bias incidents or claims to the university's residence-life staff.

But Scott said UA officials believe the idea -- perhaps if reimagined and retitled -- still has merit. And she said the university will flesh out the plans over the summer in time for the fall semester.

The university had sought some students to be paid $10 an hour to focus on "the mosaic of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity," including creating and maintaining bulletin boards in residence halls.

Those students would be responsible for reporting bias, a description that led to comments that students were going to be spying on one another.

Tom Knighton, a columnist for website PJ Media, described it as the university taking money from students and taxpayers and funneling it "toward a social justice Gestapo whose primary function seems to be a combination of social justice secret police and indoctrination activities."

Closer to home, state Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, lashed out at what he saw as "the speech police and campus."

"Unfortunately, there is an undercurrent of intimidation in college life that has been rising to the surface, demanding compliance with the group think of political correctness and character assignation by way of political intolerance," Finchem said in a written statement.

"We are seeing eastern-block-style socialism, and indoctrination on what to think -- as opposed to how to think -- emerging as acceptable university 'instruction,'" he said.

UA spokeswoman Scott countered that, "The position has been mischaracterized." She said the aim is to provide support to students, especially in dormitories.

"It's an opportunity for students to come to student peers, share their experience, and for that student peer to either counsel them on how to report that bias incident through the dean of students website, or that the student peer may report the bias incident directly," she said. …

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