UNC-Chapel Hill Admin Only Wants to Discuss Diversity with Students Who Share Its Liberal Biases

By | February 5, 2015

University of North Carolina at Chapel HillMany college administrators
love to tout their commitment to diversity. Implicitly, they almost
always mean racial diversity—and said commitment usually
takes the form of endless, shallow discussions about how important
diversity is.

Top officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
are no different; they really want to have a dialogue about
diversity, as long as that dialogue only includes people who
already share the campus’s dominant, left-of-center views on what
diversity entails. Chancellor Carol Folt recently met with 40
student leaders to discuss campus diversity issues—but it never
occurred to her to include a single libertarian, conservative, or
otherwise non-liberal voice, according to The
College Fix
:

In fact, right-leaning organizations including the UNC College
Republicans, Carolina Students for Life, UNC Young Americans for
Liberty, the Tar Heel Rifle and Pistol Club, and Christians United
For Israel were not even aware of the dinner until
the Daily Tar Heel wrote an article about it the next day. …

Alex Johnson, chairwoman of UNC Young Americans for Liberty, a
campus libertarian club, said she was “extremely disappointed” the
university did not include all types of voices at the dinner.

“It seems to me that only one type of political perspective is
being included or recognized on campus while the student body,
itself, is actually quite diverse in opinions,” Johnson said,
according to the Carolina Review.

How productive could a pro-diversity event be if it was not
itself diverse?

After hearing these complaints, the chancellor vowed to meet
with groups that had not been included the first time around. But
the fact that the administration’s gut impulse left no room for the
inclusion of non-liberals suggests that the chancellor’s
actual commitment to diversity is skin deep.

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