Commenter “Dana” is a long-time reader of this blog and often sends valuable tips. Almost half the content in recent weeks has been based on her tips (and another half is based on tips from another reader). I recently offered Dana the opportunity to provide content on this blog for no renumeration whatsoever, and for some reason she accepted. We didn’t have time to work it out where she could post using her own account, which is fine, because I wanted to write an introduction to her post anyway. Please welcome her to the blog. What follows is Dana’s post:
[Guest post by Dana]
The last we checked in with those crazy kids at Dartmouth, they were threatening to wreak some havoc if their demands were not met by the administration. Their set deadline was March 24th, 2014, and demands included, but were not limited to: Greater diversity in the faculty and post-doctoral program as well as an increase in enrollment for Black, Latino, and Native American students to 10 percent of the student population each. All students be required to take classes on “social justice” and “marginalization,” that gender-neutral housing be available for all students, and that restrictions on the use of the term “illegal immigrants” be imposed.”
They indicated if the administration did not respond accordingly, those who believe in freedom will be forced to physical action.
Well, not surprisingly, the threat worked and Dartmouth’s administration rolled over. In a statement posted on the campus website, President Philip J. Hanlon and Interim Provost Martin Wybourne reassured students:
We hear your concerns about ensuring that Dartmouth is not only diverse in numbers, but also a place where all community members thrive. And we hear your desire to share your ideas with us and to engage with us on these and other important issues. We couldn’t agree with you more. Diversity is one of the cornerstones of our academic community and, like you, we want Dartmouth to be a campus where our students gain the confidence and skills to work and lead in a global society.
These are a few of the concessions:
• More than $30 million will be invested in the Society of Fellows program to bring recent post-doctorates to campus. Post-doctoral programs have been an effective tool for recruiting diverse faculty from other campuses.
• Dartmouth will provide $1 million in recurring funds to support the cost of hiring faculty who bring diverse perspectives to campus.
The statement concludes:
Our vision for Dartmouth is limited only by the energy and engagement we invest in it. Now is the time to make your investment by actively participating in campus discourse that encourages a continuous and healthy exchange of ideas.
Because nothing says actively participating in healthy discourse and encouraging a continuous and healthy exchange of ideas quite like threatening violence.