Hard Truths About Race on Campus
— May 6, 2016
By Jonathan Haidt and Lee Jussim
If you had looked to your counterparts at other institutions for guidance, the message was clear. The president of Yale pledged to spend $50 million to increase faculty diversity and to satisfy other demands. The president of Brown pledged $100 million for diversity training and other steps to create a more “just and inclusive campus.”
With such big moves by Yale and Brown, who could blame you for following their lead? After all, much of the students’ agenda was simply an amplification of what American colleges have been doing for decades: They demanded increased affirmative action, more diversity training, more funds to support scholarship and teaching about race and social justice. What harm could it do?
Read full article as published in The Wall Street Journal.
Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership.