University of Washington: dedicated to the new segregation!
“Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” According to a recent investigation [pdf] completed by the University of Washington, its Department of Psychology broke numerous civil rights laws as well as the university’s own rules by using race as a criteria in the hiring of five new tenure track assistent professors. From the report’s summery:
The review showed that both the hiring decision and the hiring process were inconsistent with EO 31 [the university’s own anti-discrimination rule], as race was used as a factor. Specifically, faculty inappropriately considered candidates’ races when determining the order of offers and altered the process to provide disparate opportunities for candidates based on their race.
The investigation’s report was obtained by the National Academy of Scholars (NAS), which noted that the department rejected the recommendations of its hiring committee expressly because one candidate recommended was white, and then arbitrarily rearranged the rankings so that all five positions would be filled with people of “color,” as the department’s own Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office so proudly notes, even now.
This racist hiring practice was then used as the template for a handbook [pdf] to set these discriminatory policies in stone, guaranteeing that future hiring practices continue to exclude whites and especially white men. As noted by the City Journal,
[T]the handbook advises recruiters to “prepare for success” by developing a strategy for how to hire based on race. To guarantee nonwhite candidates, recruiters should reach out directly to underrepresented minority (URM) candidates. The department’s search committee “sent over 100 personal emails, primarily to URM researchers.” The handbook carefully ranks favored minority groups, specifically “Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, or American Indian/Indigenous,” above less preferred ones, specifically “Asian American or Middle Eastern American.” [emphasis mine]
Note that the highlighted term. Though vague and unusual, it seems to me to be very expressly designed to exclude American Jews first, but then all other Americans other than the races that are to be favored.
As a result of this investigation, the university suspended the psychology department from any tenure track hiring for two years, after which the department will be required to work with the provost’s office to make sure it does not reintroduce its discriminatory practices. It also announced that ” the department and university as a whole should no longer use” the handbook, as it violates many civil rights regulations and the university’s own policies.
The wording tells us how meaningless this order is. The university did not ban the handbook, it simply advised its abandonment. And it appears no one has heeded that advice, according to the pyschology department’s own website. Here is how it still today describes the bigoted hiring process that was condemned by the university’s own investigation:
Psychology hired five Faculty of Color to the tenure track during the 2020-21 academic year (one joined with tenure), three with endowed term professorships generated by department advancement efforts. These faculty study topics ranging from inequity to systems neuroscience, and guidance/oversight from the Diversity Advisory Committee was critical in our success with building a diverse pool and enacting strategies that avoid biases and promote equity. Our search committees also all meet with the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, often multiple times, to increase equal opportunity.
We have also mandated that all job candidates meet with our Diversity Steering Committee during their interviews and that the voice of this committee is incorporated into hiring decisions. Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement also provides DEI workshops in the department, including one focused on faculty retention, so we can work toward retaining the talented faculty joining our department. Contributions to diversity is a key criterion in our internal decision making about hiring directions, is critical in the rubrics used in all faculty searches, and is part of faculty merit reviews. [emphasis mine]
This quote mirrors almost exactly the recommendations contained within the handbook. The psychology department clearly still follows that handbook, and will continue to do so.
Note also that the university’s punishment is really a slap on the wrist. It is likely that, after hiring those five new minorities in 2020-2021, the psychology department likely didn’t need to hire anyone else for two years anyway. It appears that once this suspension is lifted, it will go back to its old ways, especially because these racist policy permeate the department not only in hiring but in the teaching and research. From its own mission statement:
The University of Washington’s Department of Psychology is committed to promoting diversity and fostering equity and inclusion in all aspects of its activities and initiatives. This diversity is often rooted in current and historical experiences of oppression and prejudice that have disproportionately devalued people of different identities including, but not exclusive to, races, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders, gender-identifications, abilities, and socioeconomic statuses.
Not only does catalyzing the power of diversity enrich all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, define and deliver solutions, but it is also necessary for building a comprehensive understanding of human behavior. As such, we actively work to eliminate barriers and obstacles created by structural inequality and institutional discrimination.
Democrats: The party of genocide and bigotry
Since the college’s administrators have not been called in front of Congress to explain their bigoted policies, there will be little pressure on them to change. I also suspect the investigation itself was done to simply give the university cover should anyone sue it. “See! We don’t discriminate! And when we do we take action to prohibit it in the future!”
Normally I would conclude by suggesting the state legislature rethink any funding to this school, but being in a state that is utterly controlled by the modern bigoted Democratic Party, that suggestion would fall on deaf ears. If anything, I would expect the Democrats who control this state to applaud this bigotry, and even reward Washington University for initiating it.
Nor would I expect the college’s alumni or students to do anything. Either they are apathetic, uninterested, or wholly in favor of the new bigotry. Expect within a decade or so there will be no whites employed anywhere in positions of power at this college, unless those whites identify as Democratic Party hacks or as a person of color.