You have worked, implicitly and explicitly, directly and indirectly, to make Wesleyan a hostile environment for people of color, students with disabilities, trans students, survivors of sexual assault and pretty much any student who does not fit into your image of the “conservative oppressed by the liberal arts.” What’s more, you have repeatedly refused to engage with students in any meaningful way about the ways in which you’ve created this hostile environment. So I have resorted to engaging with you on your own terms: in a blog post.
“As someone who identifies with the political left, I welcome this intellectual diversity–and as a teacher, I know that education requires it. If you are on the right, you might call this a remedy for political correctness; if you are on the left, you might prefer to call it the ‘new intersectionality.'”
c/o the Wall Street Journal op-ed
In the haste of reading period and yesterday’s news, we missed big news from President Roth’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal calling for affirmative action for “conservative, libertarian and religious modes of thinking” on college campuses. The op-ed generated quite the buzz on Twitter, and even received mild praise from notable conservative magazine the National Review. Roth’s op-ed, entitled “The Opening of the Liberal Mind” was published in the Wall Street Journal behind a paywall last Thursday, May 11. Luckily, thanks to the Wesleyan Library’s databases, Wesleyan students have access to the op-ed.
Sarah Prickett ’17 writes in:
What is it affirmative action, really?
What is its role at universities, and how does it affect you as a
student and as a professional?
Join members of WesDEF for a dialogue aimed at demystifying
affirmative action and equal opportunity, and unpacking the benefits
and drawbacks of the policy.
Also did we mention there’ll be FREE dinner? See you there!
Date: Wednesday, April 22nd
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM
Place: Downey House
This past Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action in admissions to the state’s public universities. The 6-to-2 ruling allows for the passage for similar measures in seven other states. The New York Times has an informative set of infographics showing the effects of such bans on affirmative action for minorities throughout the country.
Highlighting the results from a recent study on public college finances, Slate explores the increasing privatization of public colleges. Today, public university students cover almost half the cost of their own educations, on average.
A Brown University student, Lena Sclove, has begun an activist movement to make the campus a safer space for her and other survivors of sexual assault.
Given the level of interest generated by the Affirmative Action Bake Sale, the Cardinal Conservatives have invited Ward Connerly, the founder and President of the American Civil Rights Institute, to come speak to the campus on the issue of affirmative action and how race and gender preferences are harmful. Please join us!
- Date: Wednesday, December 8
- Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
- Place: PAC 001
- Cost: Free
- For More Information on Mr. Connerly: Click here
In a column for the Faster Times news and opinion site, Assistant Professor of Government Elvin Lim comments on arguments for and against race-based screening and pat-down procedures at airports around the country.
Specifically, Lim makes the compelling case that to oppose racial profiling for security purposes on the basis of racial equality while favoring race-based affirmative action policy is intellectually inconsistent at best, and he concludes:
Profiling on the basis of race, among other characteristics, such as behavior, is likely to become a de facto, if not a de jure, policy in our nation’s airports in the years to come. It is going to inconvenience some innocent people simply because, among other factors, their skin was colored a particular way just as, and the hope is, it will save a lot more innocent people a lot of hassle if everyone were treated equally at airports. If Americans accept this trade-off to be worth it, then perhaps we should also accept the analogous trade off: that as affirmative action on the basis of race, among other characteristics, such as gender, has become law and policy in employment and college admissions, the policy is going to make things harder for some equally qualified people, but it is going to make things easier for a bunch of people who would otherwise have had to endure many obstacles to employment and admission to college.
It’s a compelling and thoughtful and effectively non-partisan piece of political commentary, and it seems especially pertinent in the wake of recent related debate at Wesleyan. Read the whole piece at Faster Times here, or at Professor Lim’s blog here.
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If you haven’t heard, the Cardinal Conservatives had a bake sale couple of weeks ago to protest Wesleyan’s affirmative action policies. This sparked ‘some’ controversy… University faculty and students have responded by sponsoring a forum. Hot off of my inbox-
In response to the Affirmative Action Bake Sale sponsored by the Wesleyan Cardinal Conservatives, a group of concerned students and faculty will be hosting a forum on FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 5) AT 5PM IN USDAN ROOM 108. This forum will provide an open space for anyone interested to listen and voice their thoughts, opinions, feelings, questions, concerns, etc. about the bake sale. In so doing, we hope to address not only what affirmative action policies are and how they pertain to Wesleyan, but also, our campus climate and deeper societal issues that acted as catalysts for this event. Other points of interest are equally open for discussion. Hope to see you there!
Sonia Manjon, VP for Institutional Partnerships and Chief Diversity Officer
Renee Johnson-Thornton, Dean for Diversity
Here’s a nice quote that I like- “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Middlebury College is considering sexual orientation in its admissions decisions:
Middlebury College is this year for the first time giving students who identify themselves as gay in the admissions process an “attribute” — the same flagging of an application that members of ethnic minority groups, athletes, alumni children and others receive, according to Shawn Rae Passalacqua, assistant director of admissions at Middlebury. His announcement surprised many of those who attended the session, and who said that they had never heard of a college having such a policy.