🎵 ‘You might wake up some morning’ …🎶
… Feeling guilty as hell if you’re a UW-Madison student. Or if your kid is taught by one. The diversity/inclusion/equity industrial complex wants our help! Well, maybe it wants YOUR ideas. Probably not mine.
Crawling like creeping charlie through the sprawling University of Wisconsin’s Madison campus is something called the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement. This mouthful of an agency is holding its annual Diversity Forum this November 14 and 15 at Union South. (First we heard about these guilt-fests, too.)
They’re looking for topics for their Diversity Forum’s breakout sessions. (Proposals are due 07-18-22.) Gives as an example one conducted last year: A Rubric for Anti-Racism in Campus Units; “How are we perpetuating racism and oppression right here in our workplace, and what can we do to change that?” Notice how it is assumed as fact that “we” are perpetuating racism and oppression Right Here in River City! The only questions are 1) How are we doing it? and 2) What are we going to do about it? To the second question, we’re guessing that attending the Diversity Forum as a kind of penance will scrub 400 years off your sentence in Woke Purgatory.
🎵 ‘You might have heard their footsteps’ 🎶
Which is why the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement employs nine honchos at the vice provost and vice chancellor level. Plus 17 more “campus diversity representatives” — many associate and assistant deans — who are “embedded in every school, college, and division. … These point persons work with their administrative leaders, faculty and staff to address issues of climate in the classroom and workplace.”
→ In other words, who’s using the correct pronouns in progressive land.
Wish we could attach some dollar figures on how much our flagship public university spends ferreting out implicit racism, countering white privilege, and mining new pockets of oppressed minorities.
🎵 They might even have called your name! 🎶
The journalists at The College Fix asked but reports the university “has denied a request to disclose its diversity spending figures, citing the task as overly broad and ‘burdensome.’ ” College Fix guesses that the university has spent millions of dollars chasing the illusory butterfly of Equity. Can State Sen. Steve Nass please compel answers? It’s OUR tax dollars.
→ 🎵 It’s only them pursuing somethin‘ they’re not sure of/ Across fevered dreams with nets of wonder. 🎶
After six years of thought policing, “Students of color, students with disabilities, non-binary students, trans-gender students, and other LGBTQ+ students responded less positively than their counterparts” when rating whether they feel welcome, safe and respected, according to the results of a recent campus climate survey. Quick! More Diversity Forums!
Blaska’s Bottom Line: 🎵 DO be concerned, identity politics may well harm you! 🎶 Could it be that teaching grievance produces grievance?