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University: To improve diversity, limit hiring white male professors

Students walk by the renovated James Branch Cabell Library on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., on April 28, 2016. Hundreds of schools have reinvented their libraries in recent years as colorful hubs of college life. Gone are bound journals, miles of steel shelving, and old rules governing proper behavior. In are on-site cafes, group study areas where talking is encouraged, 24-hour access and sofas designed for dozing. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia Commonwealth University has a new plan proposed to “improve the diversity” of its campus faculty and staff: limit hiring ‘white males.’

In a Social Justice forum last month, the University revealed the results of a ‘campus climate’ survey which found most employees at VCU are upset that the school is not hiring more female professors of color and that not enough “conversations about social justice” are occurring in the classroom.

“In order to increase and improve perspectives, VCU needs to hire more faculty that aren’t white males,” the presentation cites as part of “an expressed need to improve the diversity of faculty and staff.”

Hiring more white males is an obstacle to diversity and inclusion at the university, the employees complain. One employee complained “senior white males are not attending” enough diversity and inclusion events on campus.

“There are not many minority women faculty,” another complained. Others complained the faculty and staff diversity did not reflect the diversity of the VCU student body.

The forum was also dedicated to campus safety issues such as violence and sexual assault. The solution to that? Reducing “micro aggressions.”

“Micro aggressions are part of the culture… Subtle comments or actions can be triggers,” one employee said.

 


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