Prof. Danielle Allen (Harvard) on Diversity and Academic Freedom

January 29, 2024 1 min read

Eugene Volokh
Volokh Conspiracy, Reason Magazine

Excerpt: An excerpt from an opinion piece that she wrote at the Washington Post Dec. 10, but that I had missed:

    I was one of three co-chairs of Harvard's Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging, which in 2018 delivered a strategic framework for the campus…. Across the country, DEI bureaucracies have been responsible for numerous assaults on common sense, but the values of lowercase-i inclusion and lowercase-d diversity remain foundational to healthy democracy….

    We wrote [in our report]: "Our shared pursuits … depend on the open and direct expression of ideas and on criteria of evaluation established by the judgments of experts. Excellence therefore also requires academic freedom. Inclusion and academic freedom — these principles are linked in each being necessary to the pursuit of truth."

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