Commentary: A ‘Misguided Effort’ to Promote Diversity at Colleges

September 19, 2023 1 min read

Michael B. Poliakoff (President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni)
New York Times Letter to the Editor

Excerpt: Editors Note: This article is a collection of letters to the editor. Poliakoff’s letter is the last of the seven included.

This article prompts the hypothetical question whether a latter-day Albert Einstein would have a chance of employment at Berkeley or a number of other University of California campuses.

When asked about his commitment to diversity, that world-class physicist would likely give a response along the lines of these words he once said: “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” That fails, on Berkeley’s scoring rubric, to indicate sufficient alignment with the ideology the college expects all faculty to share. And that would be the end of the applicant’s candidacy in almost every instance.

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