Here is a comment that might very well be applied to the Williams Diversity Initiatives:

So what is the problem with corporate or liberal multiculturalism, as practiced on our campuses? Simply put, it does not address the question of power and structural inequality. Differences are not differentiated; the sources and causes of these differences are never discussed, interrogated, or articulated, leaving the impression that they are just “out there.” They materialize somehow, outside of any context. No historically or socially constructed categories of inequality or systems of hierarchy, racism, or institutional discrimination are specified. In short, corporate and liberal multiculturalism consigns the “other” to recognizable standards of difference but fails to question the power relations that define for the “others” how and why they are different.

That is, the “managing differences” model of diversity does not seriously question the status quo. The “ethnic” remain peripheral, and only those at the center of privilege have the power to elude the stamp and odor of multiculturalism; they are not on the laundry list of “differences” that need to be managed. This myopia has blinded institutional leaders to the changing nature and dynamics of American diversity and reduced all “others” to the same difference. Thus the diversity project as we know it on our campuses is complicit in perpetuating the racial order as historically constructed.

Who said it? Hint: The speaker was directly involved in the Ward Churchill tenure decision.

Don’t know? It’s Evelyn Hu-DeHart, one of the expert visitors that will be commenting on the Williams Diversity Initiative. How much is Hu-DeHart getting paid for her three days of work? Your alumni donation dollars at work.

The Record reported that

The two visitors who will be at the College from May 1-3 to help the College draft additional recommendations are Kimberly Goff-Crews, dean of students at Wellesley, and Evelyn Hu-Dehart, professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in American at Brown.

Dyseptic right-wingers would be hard pressed to keep from sniggering at the notion of two females with hyphenated last names evaluating “diversity” at Williams. I predict that Goff-Crews and Hu-Dehart will say that Williams needs to do much more on the diversity front. Anyone want to take the other side of that bet?

Best introduction to Hu-Dehart’s role in the Ward Churchill fiasco is here. Interesting background reading here and here. Source for Hu-Dehart quote here.

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