Portraits Taken Down at Harvard School—Too Male and White
A teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School will take down portraits of prestigious white male doctors and scatter them throughout the grounds in a new diversity move. Of the 31 various doctors and department heads that have their paintings hung in the Louis Bornstein Family Amphitheater at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, all are men, 30 are white, and one is Chinese. They’ve been described as “pioneers of medicine,” and getting a portrait hung there is something great to aspire to, according to the white male doctor who most recently had his image installed, Dr. Ron Walls, founding chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine.
But apparently having a cluster of white male doctors’ portraits — great as they may be — sends a message to employees and students that “white men are in charge,” Dr. Jeroan Allison, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School who researches health disparities, told the Boston Globe, which first reported the news. A hospital official told the Globe removing the portraits will create a “sense of belonging” for women.
Elite College Dumps SATs and ACTs Despite Grade Inflation
The University of Chicago is the first elite institution to make SAT/ACT test scores optional. In an effort to “level the playing field” for low-income students. Although they’re not the university to make that move – a few smaller colleges and universities have already made the tests optional – the University of Chicago can lead other elite schools to eliminate the tests or make them optional as well. The College Board, which administers the SATs, told USA Today, that “standardized tests remain pertinent because grade inflation in U.S. schools is higher than ever. From 1998-2016, high school GPA has increased by .11 GPA points, according to U.S. Department of Education data. At the same time, U.S. high school officials are less frequently disclosing students' class rank, adding another layer of fog for admissions counselors reviewing transcripts.
Canada’s High Court Says Christian School Can’t Impose Christian Rules
Canada’s Supreme Court struck down a rule at Trinity Western University’s law school requiring admitted students to refrain from all but traditional husband-wife marital sex. The two dissenting justices said a “state-actor” can’t use religious practices that have already been “legislatively accommodated and Charter-protected” as an excuse to justify “the exclusion of a religious community from public recognition.” In the British Columbia case that the school initially won, the high court has let the state off the hook from its “duty … to accommodate diverse religious beliefs without scrutinizing their content.” The majority said the school’s rule burdened LGBT students whose identity pushes them to have sex while pursuing legal study.
Student Goes to Prison for Reporting Fake Rape
Nikki Yovino, 19 of Setauket, Long Island, who spent over a year insisting she was raped by two Sacred Heart University football players. admitted she made up the story. She agreed to a plea deal and will now serve a prison sentence of one year. She had been preparing to begin her false rape trial, the New York Post reports.
Paying to Educate Social Warriors
The University of Kansas makes no apology for offering a new job with major political implications: “Student Social Justice Educator.” The student will earn $9 an hour to help administrators create “an inclusive campus community through social justice,” according to Campus Reform. The SSJE will also create workshops concerning issues about diversity education and social justice.” But hurry up candidates—this highly competitive coveted position will close on July 1st, and you need to get your diversity- laden resumes reviewed by the bias police before you apply.
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