What more can the “diversity” movement do to our colleges and universities? How about mandatory indoctrination? According to an official faculty proposal, Northwestern University is considering a move “to enhance the educational opportunities” of students by installing a diversity course requirement for all undergrads so that the students will “recognize their own positionality in systems of inequality, engage in self-reflection on power and privilege, and learn to engage productively with other who are different.”
The proposal, pushed by some students as well as faculty, would represent the first University-wide academic requirement for undergraduates. By discussing “student outcomes” in relation to the diversity requirement, the proposal seem to make clear what conclusions students are supposed to come to about “systems of inequality” in America and elsewhere. In diversity-speak, “systems of inequality” is closely tied to “white privilege,” “identity politics” and the assumption that America is a deeply flawed racist society. If the proposal passes, a major university will be committed to inculcating this sour view of America.