The much-maligned woke language guide at Stanford University has been removed from the university’s website, after hiding the guide from the public when the controversy went viral.
Inside Higher Ed reported about the guide’s removal, which guide was published by Stanford’s CIO Council and People of Color in Technology affinity group. For context, an affinity group is a group of employees who share similar ethnic or other type of background within an organization and provide feedback to management on various issues or topics. For better or worse, these affinity groups have a part of woke corporate culture.
Stanford chief information officer Steve Gallagher, in a statement, acknowledged, “The feedback that this work was broadly viewed as counter to inclusivity means we missed the intended mark. It is for this reason that we have taken down the EHLI site.”
University president Marc Tessier-Lavigne said that the university tried to promote inclusivity with good intentions, which could be implied that the guide was a mistake. He wrote that Stanford’s “efforts to advance inclusion must remain consistent with our commitment to academic freedom and free expression.”
Inside Higher Ed also wrote that other universities have similar language guides, such as Indiana University, University of San Francisco, Brandeis University, and University of Texas-Austin.