A publicly funded University has spent more than $25,000 on “diversity and education training” that includes ideas such as accepting “cultural perspectives regarding time” — and they are giving away shirts and coffee mugs to try to get professors to take the classes to fulfill a mandate that “all employees will participate in diversity education and training”.
E-mails from the Clemson University Office of Inclusion and Equity (OIE) and the Office of Human Resources have been forwarded to Campus Reform showing faculty members being offered swag for taking the “Inclusion awareness course” named “Diversity Benefits for Higher Education”.
As reported by The Daily Caller:
One slide features a guy named Alejandro who plans a meeting between two groups. Each group contains foreign professors and students. One group shows up 15 minutes early. The second group shows up 10 minutes late.
A question-and-answer section then instructs Clemson’s professors that Alejandro would be insufficiently “inclusive” if he were to “politely ask the second group to apologize.” Alejandro would also be wrong to advise the straggling, late people who aren’t respecting everyone else’s time that “in our country, 9:00 a.m. means 9:00 a.m.”
The “inclusive” thing for Alejandro to do, the taxpayer-funded diversity materials instruct Clemson professors, is to “recognize cultural differences that may impact the meeting and adjust accordingly.” Alejandro must understand “that his cultural perspective regarding time is neither more nor less valid than any other.”
A third slide warns Clemson’s faculty that “freedom of speech and academic freedom are not limitless.” Then there is odd Orwellian threat: “Language that is derogatory with regard to race, sex, or other protected or emerging forms of diversity does not belong in a university that values inclusion.”
The anonymous staff member who forwarded the messages and screenshots said:
“I’m appalled that Clemson thought it was necessary to ‘encourage’ its employees to take this course. I can only guess the number of productivity hours the University lost while faculty and staff suffered through the infuriating, biased, laughable examples. Did anyone taking the course really learn anything new?”
Just how well is the training working? Given that it requires participants to “acknowledge and certify that I have read, understood, and will comply with Clemson’s Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy”, probably not well. That policy was reviewed by the non-partisan First Amendment watchdog group Foundation for Individual Right in Education (FIRE) and given a “red light” rating.