University Forces All Graduates Through ‘Antiracism’ and Microaggression Training – Opinion


Another college makes it official: All graduates must receive explicit life instruction concerning “diversity, equity and inclusion.”


40 years ago elementary school children dreamed of becoming teachers, firefighters, or policemen. These days, youngsters hope to become diversity officers — or they should. From the look of things, it’s the most promising field of the future.


Apropos of our increasing emphasis, Ohio’s Miami University is holding its first online “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” class. Like Illinois State University’s recent decision, every student will need to take it to be eligible to graduate.


To some, such a mandate may seem redundant — isn’t all of college a lesson in DEI?



Either way, Miami’s website offers a course description:



Diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), advances are good for us all. Beyond reflecting Miami University’s work, passion, and commitment to DEI, these in-depth online modules offer fresh insights and best practices for cultivating diverse communities and workplaces.



You can find the modules here



  • Advocacy and allyship

  • Ageism and Age Bias

  • Intercultural Communication in Globalized Environments

  • Cultural Intelligence

  • Workplace inclusion strategies

  • The Inclusion and Ableism

  • LGBTQ+ identities

  • Stereotypes, Bias and Microaggressions

  • Antiracism and race


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How did someone’s sexual sensibilities make its way into life training at the university level? Aren’t microaggressions by definition the small stuff we’re not supposed to sweat? Is taking a side on “antiracism” within the purview of public education?


Though such things were previously questioned by critics at one time, the scrutiny seems to have abated.


As for antiracism, for those who are unclear, UCLA Law Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw defines the term:



“Anti-racism is the active dismantling of systems, privileges, and everyday practices that reinforce and normalize the contemporary dimensions of white dominance. This, of course, also involves a critical understanding of the history of whiteness in America.”



Miami University’s Cristina Alcalde — vice president of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion — explained the importance of DEI to the school paper. She hears perpetual research proving that “diverse” businesses are the bomb:



“We repeatedly hear how research tells us that well-managed, diverse workplaces are more competitive, innovative and successful than non-diverse ones. Creating this course was an opportunity to tap into and bring together existing Miami faculty and staff expertise on diversity, equity and inclusion for the benefit of all in the Miami community and beyond.”



According to Defense.gov, the U.S. military has agreed.



The United States needs diversity, equity, and inclusion in its military, according to Bishop Garrison (the senior advisor of the secretary for defense for human resources and diversity, equality, and inclusion).



Jessica Rivinius, the Senior Director of News and Communications in Miami, spoke with The Miami Herald about an urgent need.


Referencing back to my elementary idea…



“Throughout every sector of society, there is an urgent need for leaders who will advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, and build better and stronger workplaces and communities. By learning from Miami’s amazing faculty and experts, and the additional resources offered, participants of the course will be empowered to thrive — and help others thrive — in our increasingly complex and globalized world.”



The world has seen education change. The old version sharpened students’ thinking skills and developed abilities that would take them far into their careers.


Today, no matter where anyone goes, the government schools aim to guarantee that all Americans are of the same mind once they reach their destination.


Is it possible?


Not necessarily…



-ALEX

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