Smart in SD

Music to my ears:

South Dakota lawmakers are spearheading an effort to dig into campus diversity offices, suggesting they are too big and cost too much money. In a letter to the South Dakota Board of Regents dated June 12 and obtained by Campus Reform, seven members of the South Dakota House and Senate describe how campus diversity offices often have very pointed political agendas… “It is our belief that the taxpayers of South Dakota would not approve of this type of activity being funded with tax dollars,” the letter says.

These Soviet-type hubs of idiocy should be banned from public schools immediately. There is no reason why taxpayers should pay for the dissemination of the exotic political views of a tiny, deranged and rabid group of ignorant fanatics.

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6 thoughts on “Smart in SD”

  1. But I’d also like to get rid of the frats, the football, etc. Queer Valentine’s Ball, etc., the modest things offered by the diversity office, cost nothing compared to the cost of the mainstream social events. I am told that this is part of why traditional European universities are less expensive (or Latin American ones). I’d be for spending money on things like university extension [which we’ve been reducing not expanding, and I think it was a poor decision], events for community at large, etc., and our diversity office has actually been quite good on that. I’m less pleased with the massive proliferation of HR.

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    1. With fraternities, it’s all on how it’s done, though. We have fraternities that do more for diversity than the diversity office. We have a gay African American fraternity. And it does amazing things for boys who come from communities where being a gay boy who writes poetry is very tough. These students really flourish. But we have an amazing person run these activities, so it’s all his effort that makes our Greek life great. I’d rather he got the money instead of the diversity office with their dumb activities that student don’t relate to.

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        1. Of course it’s all in how it’s done because right now it’s just an empty formality with the sole goal of ticking the requisite boxes. There’s this assumption that professors are idiots and evildoers who would be against diversity if we aren’t constantly controlled and managed. But that’s ridiculous. We work with these students. We want them to do great. We don’t need to be managed. We need to be left in peace to do our work.

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      1. I believe in diversity a lot, by the way. But it can’t be achieved through empty formal gestures. For instance, the diversity office says we need to attract more Hispanic students. I’m so into that. But they don’t seem to understand that if you go into Hispanic community, it might be a good idea to bring a Spanish speaker, somebody who can connect with these kids. We keep saying, hey, we are all Spanish speakers in my program. Let is do it. But they don’t get it. Finally, I started doing it on my own.

        Or international students. It might be a good idea not to humiliate them by suggesting that the schools they come from are crap just because they don’t calculate GPAs US style. It also might be smart not to assume that all international students can’t speak English. We have a bunch of clueless folks doing this stuff and making things worse.

        Or the endless discussions of racial diversity without involving the only two black tenured professors who have an amazing record of working with kids in East St Louis. It’s this heavy-handed cluelessness that bugs me. If we concentrated less on screaming at each other over some minor infractions against the speech codes and tried to figure things out together, it would work better and there’d be more diversity.

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