Report: ‘Diversity Statements’ Weed Out Conservative Scholars in Oregon

, Spencer Irvine, 4 Comments

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“Diversity statements” are used by universities in Oregon to weed out conservative and other right-leaning scholars at universities, a new report issued by the Oregon Association of Scholars (OAS) alleges.


Per the report, the universities in Oregon (University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, and Oregon Health and Science University) use a new kind of litmus test to single out conservative scholars: diversity statements.


The report’s executive summary reads, as follows:


Oregon colleges and universities have begun to impose requirements for prospective and current faculty to show their commitment to the partisan ideology of “diversity, equity, and inclusion.” This is only one part of a bigger push to impose a partisan ideology onto higher education in the state, but its threat to academic freedom and research excellence is acute. While in theory, these terms can be defined in ways consistent with a variety of political perspectives, in practice Oregon universities have defined them in strongly partisan ways. As these new ideological litmus tests spread throughout the state, faculty will spend more time signaling their zealous support and making sure not to challenge students in ways that might be construed as a threat to this ideology. This report examines the spread of diversity statements for faculty hiring and promotion at the University of Oregon, Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University, and Portland State University. It considers the ways they have been imposed on faculty, the harms they will cause, and the ways they can be reversed.


4 Responses

  1. Paul Toliver

    April 20, 2017 12:03 am

    No, it weeds out racist, sexist and homophobic individuals who believe that because of their gender, race and orientation, they are superior.

  2. Allencic

    April 21, 2017 10:54 am

    As a retired geology professor I’d find it hard to work at today’s colleges that waste so much time on this nonsense. But if you want diversity and equality here it is. I find white granite equal to black basalt. There is great diversity between hard quartz and soft talc. Groundwater and glaciers are both entitled to equal treatment. We’ll buy a big freezer to make sure glaciers have a safe space. I’ll give you a trigger warning when the next big earthquake destroys your stupid college that wastes everyone’s time and money on this social justice baloney.

  3. Paulene Dougherty

    April 21, 2017 2:55 pm

    Mr. Tolliver, I Hope you dont mean it weeds out people who think differently than you. Diversity equity and inclusion denote good things, but must also include diversity of thought and expression. Too often these terms are code for anti white, anti christian anti conservative. True diversity must include all , including dissenters! I have issues with militant SJW bullies who attempt to intimidate and shut down others who think differently than they do

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