Taking Measure of Our DEI Efforts

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With all the unrest and violence that has rocked our country over the past few years, this fall you might be giving added attention to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in your courses. Maybe peers or administrators have encouraged you to think about ways to infuse more disparate viewpoints into your course designs and materials. And if you’ve needed help, there’s been no shortage of higher ed columns and seminars devoted to the topic. Even if our changes are small, such a response to the calamities of our times makes perfect sense.

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  1. This is interesting and important but the unfortunate impression that it leaves is that this work is not worth doing. One can easily start formulating hypotheses about why the equity-seeking groups mentioned above don’t want to engage about it. Maybe because it’s hard work and puts the focus on them in a way they would rather avoid. Given a different approach they might feel differently. Likewise, maybe the males in the first experiment whose results because “negative” were furious that they were being forced to think about something that makes them feel some kind of guilt, which maybe they need to get over. , or maybe the approach needs to be changed. Hope this helps.

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