January 05, 2007

CU Bureaucracy To Include "Diversity Czar"

Great--more highly-paid administrative busybodies (a vice chancellor needs help, you know) to promote "diversity", which may or may not include diversity of thought:
The University of Colorado may hire a high-level administrator to focus on diversity issues at the Boulder campus.

Provost Phil DiStefano said he plans to make a decision this month on whether the campus' diversity and equity administrator position should be elevated to vice chancellor status.

There are now four vice chancellor positions, in addition to DiStefano's executive academic affairs post.

Those high-ranking administrators oversee campus finances, administration, research and student affairs.

DiStefano said if CU decides to put more emphasis on its diversity position, a group will launch a nationwide search for candidates to become the campus' "vice chancellor of diversity, equity and community engagement."

The CU vice chancellor, if hired, would report to DiStefano and be in charge of guiding campus diversity projects and directing policies that create a welcoming climate for faculty, staff and students. The administrator would also work with off-campus groups in Boulder, Denver and other cities throughout the state, he said.
Want to diversify the campus? Hire conservative, or at the very least, non-leftwing professors. Shed the party school/ski bum/trust-fund out-of-state student image. Go after students that are attracted to the CU-Denver campus, which is already more "diverse" than the flagship campus in Boulder.

Don't marginalize already small minority populations by relegating them to identity-oriented leftwing groups that overemphasize group identity instead of individual achievement. Don't assume all Hispanic students want to join UMAS or MEChA (personal point), or become an Ethnic Studies major. Help Colorado schools with large minority populations work on retention, and groom them for university life by sending mentors and conducting more outreach, before they drop out. Pitch Boulder to older, non-traditional students, rather than simply the 18-22 crowd. What's more diverse than having discussions on life, politics, history, or work experience that include students 10-20 years older. A little perspective makes discussions more productive and more interesting.


Anonymous piboulder said...

I'm a Boulder resident and I watched a discussion once on diversity, just in Boulder proper. Speaking honestly the participants had a few complaints that lead to a lack of diversity. One, Boulder has an attitude of "Nice to see you, now please leave." Not very welcoming. Secondly, "certain ethnic groups find it hard to find products they want to buy at our stores." I thought that was perceptive. Thirdly, Boulder is an expensive place to live. If you're a person of modest means, don't expect to find decent housing for a decent rate, unless you don't mind living in a shack, a studio apartment (about 400 sq. ft.), or a trailer home. We tried having an affordable housing program for a bit, but it was ill-conceived (the policy, not the concept), and was abandoned. I don't know if it was reintroduced.

The makeup of the population of Boulder is primarily rich and White, and poor and Hispanic. Hmmm. Wonder why... And I'll let you guess who has the most political influence here.

Sat Jan 06, 02:03:00 AM  

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