We’ve all had notice from several directions about the creep of ideological indoctrination in the hiring practices of major corporate firms, primarily manifest in the proliferation of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) statements in corporate human resource policy, much of which of course is a method of virtue signaling as a defense against shakedowns by progressive activists. This is dangerous enough, but even more so is the growth of such practices in our institutions of higher education and even some high schools, which have an even broader impact on the culture. According to a recent essay for the American Enterprise Institute by Max Eden and Scott Yenor, at least one out of five job candidates in academia are formally evaluated based on their commitment to DEI, and more and more university administrators are formalizing an ideological litmus test for hiring.
The actual words, diversity, equity, and inclusion seem innocent enough as descriptive of social virtues that are attractive to pursue. But academic positions are increasingly requiring candidates for hiring and promotion to exhibit their commitment to DEI when applying for jobs or a promotion, and we are finding that this commitment, usually involving a written “statement on DEI” advocacy, more often than not includes a commitment to some variety of “critical race theory”, however actually branded, and other slippery progressive terms like “equity”. This is sold as principles right out of the liberal order, when in fact and in practice could not be more anti-liberal, as these DEI statements are designed to actually screen out viewpoint diversity.
This indoctrination process should be stopped, and Eden and Scott note that model legislation developed by the Goldwater Institute and the Martin Center would “prohibit public schools and universities from requiring candidates to submit diversity statements or any other statements that promote a specific partisan, political, or ideological set of beliefs”. Every state should adopt such legislation. This DEI march of our institutions to wokeism must be turned back.