Cornell University is looking for a Dean of Diversity. OK, they’re looking for a Dean of Students, but an important part of his DOC is his ability to promote diversity. But the new Dean mustn’t promote diverse diversity, only the diversity of school-favored groups of students.
…one top candidate, Vijay Pendakur…held a “diversity townhall” with students to persuade them to support his candidacy.
Then he let the cat out of the bag.
If I say, “The dean’s area of focus is diversity and inclusion,” the unspoken thought in response often is, “Oh, so he’s here for only the marginalized students.” So we need to undo that, because that is a deeply problematic framework. If we’re going to make progress, it needs to be everyone’s conversation.
Cornell’s Vice President for Diversity of Inclusion, Julia Montejo, chose to be offended by this truth.
I’d like to hear more on how that kind of approach and philosophy still puts the concerns of minority students, students of color, underrepresented students, LGBTQ-identifying students and students with disabilities at the forefront….
Cornell favors some diversity, but not complete diversity. Some groups of students should just proceed to the back of the Cornell bus.