September 12, 2011

"This afternoon a troubling communication was brought to my attention that involves a threat to our diversity efforts."

"I invite you to an urgent meeting this evening at 8:00 in the MSC Lounge in the Red Gym to discuss this matter. While last minute, I urge you to participate so we can be in community regarding our response."

What's going on?!

UPDATE: Well, it's not that we fell in the U.S. News rankings. Last year:
The University of Wisconsin-Madison ranked 13th among public institutions in rankings released today (Tuesday, Aug. 17) in the U.S. News & World Report's 2011 Edition of America's Best Colleges.

UW-Madison also tied for 45th among 262 national doctoral universities. In the 2010 edition, the university ranked ninth among public institutions and tied for 39th among national doctoral universities.
This year, we've gone up to 10th among public institutions and 42d among national universities.

UPDATE: Explained here and discussed here

122 comments:

Quayle said...

Doesn't he mean a threat to our diversity results?

Or did the communication really implicate the efforts?

While last minute, I urge you to participate so we can be in community regarding our response

In other words, so we can all agree on how big the scarlet letter 'B' needs to be that we intend to force somebody to wear.

ark said...

fI wonder if this has anything to do with the letter that I think the Justice Department has recently sent to university departments warning them against antisemitism? I mean, wouldn't such a warning interfere with their efforts to be truly muticultural?

Anga2010 said...

The Muslims have called (yet again) for the death of all Jews, and that means Jews attending The UW-Mad as well.
It's taken a long time to reach the top of the Wisconsin agend.
Good luck w/that.

Ann Althouse said...

Something makes it a big emergency... and not to be disclosed outside of the meeting. Weird!

Big Mike said...

Maybe they've discovered that a member of the law school faculty might possibly not vote for Obama in 2012?

Calypso Facto said...

Are they finally going to discuss hiring some conservatives?

ALH said...

What's going on?

I heard there was an African-American, Muslim-curious, atheist, lesbian, transgender, left-handed woman that was going to drop out of the Womyn's Studies program because nobody understood her pain and/or suffering. Poof! There goes a bunch of diversity.

But my guess is that it's probably something related to the Evil Scott Walker wanting to cut some type of UW funding.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

Red Gym? What's wrong with the White Gym and the Blue Gym? Commies.

Big Mike said...

@Calypso, they've got one cruelly neutral centrist on the law school faculty. How much further right-ward do you expect them to go?

AJ Lynch said...

What Big Mike said.

MarkG said...

This is first line Damon Williams wrote for his Linkedin narrative: "Dr. Damon A. Williams is the consummate scholar/administrator/thought leader."

He sounds fucking AWESOME! (That was sarcasm. Actually he sounds more like an affirmative action retard, because who would say that about themselves except an affirmative action retard).

edutcher said...

I hate stuff like this. If it's so damned important, tell people what it's about.

The Blonde pulls this every once in a while and it makes me angry because, when I ask what the problem is, I always get, "I'll tell you later".

No, tell me now.

Students should be telling Dean Wormer to spit out what the problem is if they want people to show up.

Quayle said...

...and not to be disclosed outside of the meeting.

They want to raise attendance, control the flow of thought, and subject the attendees' reactions to group pressure and be able to monitor them.

That the only reason anyone sets up a meeting in such a way, in business or in academia.

AJ Lynch said...

I assume Meadehouse got off the couch and is over there filming this for us. Or he joined a union and still lying on the couch.

AJ Lynch said...

Mark G- that phrase "consummate thought leader" sounds familiar. Was this guy in the news in the last year or so? Is he a new hire who Althouse blogged about?

Quayle said...

Because the last think anyone wants at a diversity meeting is diversity of reaction, recommendation, or response.

Ann Althouse said...

"I assume Meadehouse got off the couch and is over there filming this for us. Or he joined a union and still lying on the couch."

You're forgetting the debate.... and the Brewer game.

Calypso Facto said...

How much further right-ward do you expect them to go?

Yeah, I know it's probably not realistic, but how about someone who has actually voted for a...Gasp!... Republican?

yashu said...

"... a threat to our diversity efforts."

"... so we can be in community regarding our response."

LOL

ALH said...

The red gym is for immediate emergency diversity meetings only. There are no emergency diversity meetings in the white gym.
Don't start that "white gym, red gym" shit again.

Daryl said...

Interestingly, look at what it does NOT say.

It does not say there was a threat of violence to any particular person (student, administrator, or otherwise)

It does not say there was a threat of violence to any particular group of people.

I have no idea what the threat is, but certainly the way the email is worded makes it sound like they are afraid of an idea. Somebody's going to advocate against the diversity policy! Maybe they think Gov. Walker is going to cut funding to diversity programs by 10%!

If the threat was truly terrible, why would they gather everyone up into an auditorium, where they are vulnerable to a shooting or bomb attack? Sending a communication by Facebook would be much safer and more practical.

This threat, or at least the way your university is handling it, is indeed fishy.

TW: Keener

MarkG said...

Oh yeah, Damon Williams is the UW administrator who sees every shadow in the dim light as symbolic of lynching black people.

Insufficiently Sensitive said...

Battlespace preparation. She's assembling the lynch mob without informing its members who's the lynchee - and will reveal partial information only under carefully scripted and controlled staging to ensure that the Public Hating is properly directed.

Emmanuel Goldstein, you better run for cover.

Quayle said...

You're forgetting the debate.... and the Brewer game.

So the implication is clear: the best time to stage an anti-Walker demonstration at the capital building will be during the pennant playoffs.

Kevin said...

Thoughts:

As a UW-Eau Claire alum, I will never understand why the entire UW-System is obsessed with diversity. They were in my day, and they still are. When will this "diversity" folks admit the state they live in is 90 to 95% white and that's the likeliest outcome of the student population across the entire system.

Secondly, there was no Brewers game tonight. Crew had the night off.

purplepenquin said...

Given the way that the UW has worked to achieve diversity in the past, I'm guessing that this is about some sort of weird bug in all their copies of Photoshop....

A.Worthing said...

maybe u of wisc is being sued for its affirmative action program.

wef said...

A threat to OUR diversity efforts. Not a threat to diversity. Not a threat to efforts in general. A threat to us. Translation: It's about the money.

JAL said...

So? What was it?

Are you back Professor?

It's 9:29 in Madison.

Where are you?

Swallowed up it the black hole of the red gym?

JAL said...

That was 9:49.

George said...

Maybe the governor is about to appoint regent(s) who intend to look into his budget/expenditures.

Quayle said...

Calling for a community meeting at 8:00 is just the kind of bigoted, hateful thing I'd normally expect from white Tea-party types.

If you really believe in diversity, you can't very well call for a meeting at 8:00.

That's chronism!

Chronism is a form of discrimination or devaluation based on a person's punctuality, with such attitudes being based on beliefs in traditional stereotypes of dates and times.

George said...

Reading some tweets. Looks like a lawsuit from the Center for Equal Opportunity. This meeting was to organize the mob for tomorrow.

EDH said...

In my experience, an urgent message about a "threat to our efforts" usually means a threat to our funding.

Said that way, you can avoid explicitly saying that the only way you'll expend any effort is for money. They ain't doin' diversity for bupkis, don't you know.

And I love the phrasing "so we can be in community regarding our response."

Retch!

Henry said...

What's going on?!

Apparently, certain people at the University are using blanket emails without nuance. Diversity efforts are threatened.

Seven Machos said...

Vice Provost Damon A. Williams

I wonder what incredible havoc would result if Vice Provost Damon A. Williams's job was eliminated. I bet the whole place would shut down.

Beta Rube said...

The Brewers are off today. Meade just wants a little peace and quiet.

AJ Lynch said...

Purplepenguin wins the thread with his Photoshop snark!

Daryl said...

Horrors, the Center for Equal Opportunity is going to have a PRESS CONFERENCE at 11am and a DEBATE at 7pm. That's what they're afraid of: advocacy.

Beware: "Students' sense of identity may be threatened. Be prepared."

traditionalguy said...

Maybe some one hired a white man.

With all of the other choices available that would evidence a willful disregard of Community Guilt.

rhhardin said...

Diversity is walk and chew gum.

The Crack Emcee said...

No more Kwanzaa.

George said...

Well, Ann, you're about to get the chance to go Full Apostate if you desire.

MarkG said...

"Center for Equal Opportunity is going to have a PRESS CONFERENCE at 11am and a DEBATE at 7pm. That's what they're afraid of: advocacy."

It looks it's time for the campus left to exercise their right to free speech by shouting down someone else.

edutcher said...

Insufficiently Sensitive said...

Battlespace preparation. She's assembling the lynch mob without informing its members who's the lynchee - and will reveal partial information only under carefully scripted and controlled staging to ensure that the Public Hating is properly directed.

Didn't Saddam do stuff like that?

Or was it Stalin?

Jason (the commenter) said...

They probably only just found out about Althouse's blog.

cruiser said...

"...in community..." Good Lord what is THAT supposed to mean?

Crunchy Frog said...

Didn't Saddam do stuff like that?

Or was it Stalin?


Al Capone, St Valentine's Day Massacre - wiped out the whole Purple Gang at once.

No penguins were harmed.

wv: dradjoys - much better than dradsorrows

WestVirginiaRebel said...

Cheezit! It's the PC Campus Police!

Terry said...

It's an "urgent" meeting! And Damon Williams is "urging" you to attend!
If it was really urgent Damon would have mentioned what was up.
I suspect it is an Amway ambush.

Pogo said...

"...in community regarding our response."

Good God, I feel for you, Althouse. This sounds like the sort of bullshit I read at work.

Dissent will not be tolerated. Just remember that.

hoop said...

/shrug

It's diversity. That means they're making a bigger deal out of it than need be. If this were an actual problem, it would have been front page news everywhere in Madison.

I could be wrong, of course, but this seems really showy. Wake me when actual news comes out.

JAL said...

Well that's a relief.

Althousia is not the threat. We have a purplepenquin and a Crunchy Frog.

MarkG said...

I'd bet there is no issue that would cause the chancellor to tinkle in her undies faster than a "diversity" controversy. Whomever the current lesbian chancellor happens to be.

Lucius said...

So the whole progresive "community" has to get in "community" debate prep because someone's going to exchange ideas with a UW prof on ending affirmative action?

Jeez louise. So I suppose that means practicing their chants, then.

George said...

Not just a press conference; looks like they are lining up a lawsuit on the undergrad admission side arguing that it fails Gratz.

Eric said...

Apparently The People's Revolutionary Committee has decided what you need to be thinking on some particular subject.

Be careful, or you may be denounced.

Karl said...

T_S said Red Gym? What's wrong with the White Gym and the Blue Gym? Commies.

Was wondering why states that trend Republican are known as Red states, and states the trend Democrat are known as Blue states.
Seems that Tim Russert managed to freeze the floating color scheme in 2000.
So...Nancy Reagan did manage to wrest the color red back normalcy.

Carol_Herman said...

If it's not marked "urgent" ... most professors would just go home.

Chef Mojo said...

(...)so we can be in community(...)

I'm loving the surely unintentional religious allegory in that sentence. Normally I would say the word "community" would equate in this context with "commune," but "in community" gives it a religious flavor. Community as communion.

deborah said...

As long as they don't touch Festivus.

gadfly said...

We, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Diversity Committee, use the term "diversity" to mean the desirability and value of many kinds of individual differences while at the same time acknowledging and respecting that socially constructed differences based on certain characteristics exist within systems of power that create and sustain inequality, hierarchy, and privilege.** The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences is determined to eliminate these forms of inequality, hierarchy, and privilege in our programs and practices. In this sense, diversity is to be actively advanced because it fosters excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement.

** (These characteristics include, but are not limited to ability, age, body size and condition, class, color, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, geographical and cultural background, health status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status.)


Added: However, we do not and will not tolerate advocacy or public expression of viewpoints that would conflict with our worthless, er, worthwhile definition of "diversity" as stated above. Whydahell do those cons think their shit don't stink, anyway?

murgatroyd666 said...

Here's a leaked version of the announcement:

It has come to the attention of the Administration that certain departments that lack the word "Studies" in their names have been assigning grades based on the quality of students' work, objective test results, and measured knowledge of the subject matter.

This racist, sexist, speciesist, and heteronormative policy cannot be allowed to stand. Beginning September 15, all students and faculty in the Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Medical, and Engineering Departments will be reassigned to harvest sugar cane for a period of not less than 75 days. Cadres will attend mandatory reeducation classes in the evenings.

Venceremos!



wv: ickstr -- Kokopelli was here, and he left a mess

Deanna said...

"Students' sense of identity may be threatened. Be prepared."

Oh that is just precious. Another "bless their hearts" moment.

I s'pose I'm just getting old, but am trying to imagine what a threat to my sense of identity would look like; coming up blank. I mean, what kind of a wuss would a person have to be to be anxious about a threat to his 'sense of identity'?

I see your female identity and raise you CCU RN, wife and homeschooling Mom.

Nah, don't really want to go there. Especially since sometimes that female identity can be hard to discern.

Celebrim said...

"...in community..." Good Lord what is THAT supposed to mean?"

It's a term you usually only hear in monastic Christianity. If I didn't know any better, I'd say that they were calling a prayer meeting. It's worded as a leader might call to the brothers of a monestary or to the elders of an evangelical church to come together in prayer.

I would guess that some African American is channeling the superficial trappings of her heritage, but not its substance or message.

Rick said...

All I know is that it takes a village.

kcom said...

I hope Althouse got there on time. Wouldn't want to miss the Two Minutes Hate that opened the meeting.

Of course, it might be indistinguishable from the rest of the meeting, so there's a challenge there.

Pat Bay said...

Sounds like CEO is planning to announce a lawsuit alleging that the U discriminates against Asian and White students, so I guess the vice provost wants to pre-arrange a photogenic pro-diversity mob in time for the initial news coverage.

Maguro said...

How do these things work - Does the University issue everyone a torch and pitchfork at the meeting or are you supposed to bring your own?

Ann Althouse said...

I still have no idea what happened. You know watching the debate and the Brewers game was very time consuming. 14 innings.

Shaky Barnes said...

So "diversity" has its own server on wisc.edu. Pretty lame.

(And lameness is diverse!)

Eric said...

I hope Althouse got there on time. Wouldn't want to miss the Two Minutes Hate that opened the meeting.

On a more serious note... should people who don't immediately grasp how bad this sounds really be teaching at a university?

William said...

Isn't there something contradictory about organiing a homogeneous, unified community response to a threat to diversity efforts?

George said...

Ann, what happened is that Wisconsin-Madison is about to become ground zero for the next major affirmative action suit.

Milwaukee said...

Affirmative Action is an evil drain on our country. My suspicion would be that many of the unqualified who have gained admission through their minority status know that without Affirmative Action they would never have been admitted. Further, without special programs and degree majors they would never survive. You bet their identity is threatened. Too many of those unqualified students probably wouldn't even make good janitors. (Actually, I would bet most of the janitorial staff is minority. That way the university can claim they have such and such a percentage of employees are people of color.)

I heard about an erstwhile resident assistant who had labeled a recycling bin "White Paper" and another "Colored Paper". Some wag changed the label to "Paper of Color", which really upset the resident assistant. She then needed to leave a note to the prankster inviting them to have a discussion about equity issues.

I can think of little justification for affirmative action. I have had students in high school who assured me they didn't need to learn the material in high school as they would get admitted to a UW school, and get the tutoring they needed once they were admitted.

Fred4Pres said...

I just watched Commune on Netflix.

Freaky is this.

Eric Jablow said...

Perhaps somebody had the idea to pass a Civil Rights Initiative similar to the one under litigation in Michigan?

Choey said...

See Here: http://uppitywis.org/blogarticle/ceo-file-lawsuit-against-university-wisconsin-diversity-measures

Skookum John said...

"...in community..." Good Lord what is THAT supposed to mean?

It means they are a bunch of fucking communists. I'm not kidding. So does "progressive."

Tom Spaulding said...

There was an on-campus meeting to discuss the situation this evening, at which the Provost Williams affirmed "We're badgers, we're not having it, and we're speaking with one voice".

Badgers are Union?

Lem said...

This afternoon a troubling communication was brought to my attention that involves a threat to our diversity efforts. I invite you to an urgent meeting this evening at 8:00 in the MSC Lounge in the Red Gym to discuss this matter.

If you don't come.. you know whats going to happen to you?

You are going to have to answer to the Coca Cola Company.

wv: sesse = something Trooper might call UWM Students

Milwaukee said...

So if a person is a member of a favored minority or gender group, or can afford to rise above that, then one is good. Plain and simple, affirmative action has become a drag on our society, and has spawned a generation of "under-represented group" members who believe they are really pension fund babies. They will fight to defend what they have taken.

I see the NoBama administration wants more diversity in the Federal workforce. Already the Federal workforce has disproportionately fewer White Males than the population as a whole. So down-sizing the Post Office is racist because they've hired more Blacks and Hispanics than the general population. These leeches think they can suck our blood forever. "If something can't go on forever, it won't."

MarkG said...

When I was an undergrad at UW in the 80s, there was a proposal to give free tuition to black students. I think eventually it dawned on most people that giving free tuition to middle-class blacks from Chicago was basically unfair to working-class white Wisconsinites.

But the school was providing help to black applicants on their admissions forms. And we all know that those forms ARE the most difficult part of college, especially if your major ends in the word, "studies."

Andrew X said...

Well, it's 12:30am CST.

Wa' hoppen? Whose panties are in a bunch, and why?

bobby said...

You posted this . . . and then you didn't go?

"To Be Continued . . . "

Must be ratings week.

David R. Graham said...

Apparently Meadehouse did not attend the meeting and "George" did, or monitored the twitter flow, which one assumes Meadehouse did as well, and UW-Madison is destined to become the next test-case of affirmative action ... ?

Affirmative action entered through the Nixon-era DOJ.

Gene said...

Pat Bay said: so I guess the vice provost wants to pre-arrange a photogenic pro-diversity mob in time for the initial news coverage.

Here's what I wonder. Would the vice-provost be helped most by a group of all-white protesters (which would show that the university doesn't discriminate against whites) or a heavily diverse group (which would suggest that the university does discriminate but has such racial solidarity as a result that no one better mess with us)?

n.n said...

Since "diversity" in the American progressive sense is a reference to incidental features and behaviors, this can only mean that their quotas are not being met, probably due to the disproportionate hit taken by individuals who were beneficiaries of progressive policies.

On the other hand, if the office of diversity has any integrity whatsoever, then the emergency is a reference to a general decline in student enrollment, irrespective of skin color, gender, etc.

Institutional enforcement of denigrating individual dignity is truly demented and is fairly unique to America. Is it the result of "good intentions" taken to extremes resulting in the resurrection of a perverted caste system?

America has a long way to go in order to realize positive progress. Its unremarkable past is still sabotaging its efforts. Well, other than an active effort to curtail involuntary exploitation and totalitarian policies, respect male and female dignity equally, an ongoing effort to end public and private predatory and discriminatory policies, and an long-running effort to revalue human life.

Yes, there is indeed a threat to the "progressive" class of diversity. People in greater measure are correctly classifying "progressive" policies as promoting the denigration of individual dignity, which is the antithesis of enlightenment, and an entirely regressive enterprise.

David said...

Go to the web site and read Dr. Williams' Strategic Diversity Update for 2011.

It actually shows that they are very busy. They have meetings. Lots of them. At the meetings they schedule other meetings. They meet at the other meetings and learn what has transpired at still other meetings.

They have constituencies. They interface with their constituencies. They report on the interface.

They want to close the achievement gap, though they don't define exactly what that gap is. That is a worthy goal, right? But it isn't a goal, in the sense that they have a concrete diagnosis, a specific set of goals and measurable results. It's an aspiration. Nice, worthy aspiration, that they probably can't influence much because they lack jurisdiction over things like high school, and grade school and admissions standards.

I favor diversity. I really do. Our diversity and social mobility may be the thing that saves American society from it's terrible leadership.

But this department? They don't seem to be doing much.

Better if we just paid them all to go to Milwaukee and tutor grade school kids. (And demand results from their efforts.)



Just this February

Lem said...

Female announcer: Captain Oveur, white courtesy phone. Captain Clarence Oveur, white courtesy phone.
Female announcer: [Oveur picks up the red phone] No, the white phone.
Female announcer: Captain Oveur, white courtesy phone. Captain Clarence Oveur, white courtesy phone.
Captain Oveur: [to announcer] I GOT IT!

Richard said...

... be in community regarding our response

Isn't that the kind of language used by organized religion? Creepy.

walter said...

Union cafeteria no longer selling the black & white cookie.

Akiva said...

Yes, they are out to get me, the Jew, at college.

I don't mind being the canary in the coal mine, if you pay attention when I start singing. La la la la.

Rose said...

Why does this have some weird sort of Alice In Wonderland feel to it... The head guy is worried and everyone has to murmur and scurry with angst over something that, in the real world, would be ignored or laughed out of town... but we aren't living in the real world any more are we.

caseym54 said...

If everyone is supportive of "our diversity efforts", doesn't that indicate we are insufficiently diverse?

Ernst Stavro Blofeld said...

Apparently a reaction (in more than one sense of the word) to this:

http://www.ceousa.org/content/view/929/119/


(Madison, WI) Two studies released today by the Center for Equal Opportunity reveal severe discrimination based on race and ethnicity in undergraduate and law school admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with African Americans and Latinos given preference over whites and Asians.

Michael said...

Someone noticed the cafeteria was serving meatloaf on SE Asia cullinary awareness day. This gross violation of sensitivity gave the entire gender studies department the vapors.

This meeting will address this example of the White Patriarchy committing violence against the Diversity Community.

Chris said...

I do hope that "in community", they were able to deal with whatever problem it was.

murgatroyd666 said...

... I urge you to participate so we can be in community regarding our response.

Brian: Look, you've got it all wrong. You don't need to follow me. You don't need to follow anybody! You've got to think for yourselves! You're all individuals!

The Crowd: Yes! We're all individuals!

Brian: You're all different!

The Crowd: Yes! We're all different!

Man in crowd: I'm not ...

Man in crowd: Shhh!

Brian: You've all got to work it out for yourselves.

The Crowd: Yes! We've got to work it out for ourselves!

Brian: Exactly!

The Crowd: Tell us more!

Brian: No! That's the point! Don't let anyone tell you what to do! Otherwise -- Ow! Ow!

Jimmy said...

An invitation to stay in and watch football if ever there was one.

tolkein said...

Wow! I followed the link to the Diversity Home page.

What are High Impact Learning Experiences?

How is it that Cambridge University (my alma mater) is a world class university without all this diversity apparatus?

Am I reading the site correctly when I read

"One of the University's overarching goals is to infuse the curriculum in all disciplines with diversity, including those where traditionally it has been absent. The Ethnic Studies Requirement (ESR) is one of several key elements in reaching this goal. This is a requirement that all students take a 3-credit course that considers ethnic/racial minorities that have been marginalized or discriminated against in the U.S. Because issues of ethnic diversity and religion are often intertwined and cannot easily be separated, courses that focus only on religion may, where appropriate, fulfill the ESR.
All courses that the implementation committee approves as satisfying the requirement must provide evidence that the course material illuminates the circumstances, conditions, and experiences of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States."

The link is http://www.ls.wisc.edu/gened/documents/FacDoc1736.pdf

Are there 'correct' answers to obtain these credits? Does the UW-M have formal re-education courses, or is this just something kulaks must attend?

Kit said...

I was following this, last night on The Daily Cardinal's twitter feed. It sounded quite serious.

BTW, the Red Gym was built as a combination armory/gymnasium. My dad (Purdue) swam the vs. the Badgers on the '50's.

Kit said...

It's now a student services center...

mesquito said...

One can only hope that they're being sued by FIRE for some vile Stalinist policy.

pst314 said...

"What's going on?!"

Someone dared to suggest that white male capitalists might be entitled to due process when accused to thought crimes. The horror!

Molly said...

Let's see if I have this right. The official UW position is, "On matters of diversity, we speak with one voice."

Shouting Thomas said...

From the Center for Equal Opportunity website:

The odds ratio favoring African Americans and Hispanics over whites was 576-to-1 and 504-to-1, respectively, using the SAT and class rank while controlling for other factors. Thus, the median composite SAT score for black admittees was 150 points lower than for whites and Asians, and the Latino median SAT score was 100 points lower. Using the ACT, the odds ratios climbed to 1330-to-1 and 1494-to-1, respectively, for African Americans and Hispanics over whites.

For law school admissions, the racial discrimination found was also severe, with the weight given to ethnicity much greater than given to, for example, Wisconsin residency. Thus, an out-of-state black applicant with grades and LSAT scores at the median for that group would have had a 7 out 10 chance of admission and an out-of-state Hispanic a 1 out of 3 chance—but an in-state Asian with those grades and scores had a 1 out of 6 chance and an in-state white only a 1 out of 10 chance.


No quota system here!

exhelodrvr1 said...

Maybe they were concerned about the latest analysis of Obama's re-election chances.

Lem said...

Is Obama depresed?

As per usual, a Times spokeswoman declined to comment: "In keeping with our policy that we don't comment on stories that we may or may not be working on, we will not comment in this case."

Pogo said...
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Pogo said...

Sorry, ST.

Rocco said...

" 'How much further right-ward do you expect them to go?'

Yeah, I know it's probably not realistic, but how about someone who has actually voted for a...Gasp!... Republican?"

The vote that dare not speak it's name (with apologies to Oscar Wilde).

Pogo said...

Vice-Provost Williams is going to do for UW Madison what the unions did for Detroit.

But are Wisconsin residents going to be happy knowing their pasty white kids, especially the boys, aren't going to get into the school their taxes are helping to fund?

"Sorry son, you have to take one for the team and go out of state, although a lot of schools are doing the same bullshit there, so, well, too bad, and thanks for understanding. Maybe a private school?"

Why does 'diversity' require that the University actively discriminate by color and sex?

AllenS said...

Any threat to remove diversity from the UofW, is a good idea.

Lem said...

If everyone is supportive of "our diversity efforts", doesn't that indicate we are insufficiently diverse?

Its a horse race between diversity, fairness and balance.


wv: going

Class factotum said...

One of the University's overarching goals is to infuse the curriculum in all disciplines with diversity, including those where traditionally it has been absent.

Thank goodness. The math and the physics departments have been getting away with non-diverse murder forever.

Milwaukee said...

Tolkein:
Are there 'correct' answers to obtain these credits? Does the UW-M have formal re-education courses, or is this just something kulaks must attend?

I "kulaks" suggests Stalin, while "re-education" suggests Mao. Both are scary. Political correctness becomes required thinking. Scary. At some point in time this nonsense will need to come to an end.

If this happens at UW-Madison, you can be sure this happens throughout the UW-system, and at other colleges and universities in this country.

gerry said...

"My fellow Cheeseheads, our tax dollars are funding a racist university, where Cheesehead youth are discriminated against, based solely upon their whiteness and yellowness."

Would anyone outside of Madison support the hate?

Sharc said...

MarkG had this Damon Williams guy pegged correctly yesterday, based on Williams' self-written LinkedIn description. Williams is a navel-gazer who has managed to make a career of "studying" "diversity professionals" ... like himself. Here is his autobiography in full, complete with all the self-adoration and grammatical errors one might expect from an academic more interested in diversity than, er, academics:

"[I am] the consummate scholar/ administrator/ thought leader. Having worked with, consulted, or spoke [sic] at over 100 organizations [I am] widely considered one of the nations [sic] most dynamic and innovative thinkers in the areas of diversity and inclusion management, with a specific focus on college and university environments.

[My] research on chief diversity officers and inclusive excellence have been featured in publications like About Campus, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Diversity Factor, Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Magazine, the Journal of College and University Human Resource Professionals, Inside Higher Education, and others.

[My] recently published monograph on chief diversity officers, “The Chief Diversity Officer: A Primer for Presidential Leadership” was sponsored by the nation’s largest higher education policy organization and mailed directly to nearly 2000 college and university presidents.

[My] research on dedicated diversity capacity has crossed into the corporate sector. [My] much anticipated book, the Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy, Structure, and Change Management with Dr. Katrina Wade-Golden, is expected to have great impact on diversity and inclusion efforts across all areas of organizational life as [we] explicate the best practices and strategies of CDOs in the higher education, government, and corporate sectors.

Specialties: Organizational change, organizational design, strategic planning for diversity and inclusion, leadership development, evaluation and assessment, organizational climate studies, building dedicated diversity infrastructures and systems."

Big Mike said...

@Sharc, wow. Guy is not much given to self examination, is he?

walter said...

Maybe it's regarding Obamas incentives to hire long term unemployed. In some instances that new bias could interfere with the established bias. Messin' with the definition. There are institutions to uphold, ya know.

A. Shmendrik said...

After completing 3 degrees at UW Madison and later studying at the U of Miami - I wish I had gone to the U of Miami first! The weather in January is surf-tastic. The football team? Not so good. But none of the bullshit associated with Madison, not a drop.