The diversity office organized a graduation ceremony for Hispanic students. The background music was Central American rap filled with offensive allusions to women, gays, and Americans and positive allusions to drug trade. Then the families of Hispanic students – mostly working class – were treated to a lecture on gender-fluid and gender-non-conforming identities which made everybody long for a return of offensive rap lyrics.
The organizer of the event was a diversity clerk. White. She snubbed the two chief administrators who are black in a pretty blatant way.
This way, in one concerted effort, the diversity office insulted racial, gender, sexuality, and class sensibilities.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m grumpy because I was giving the keynote and was hoping to impress the new chief administrator with it. But the administrator was so mistreated, he left. It’s such a great keynote, and I need as many positive notices for my department as I can get.