Recent CGCL discussions on the Diversity Initiatives report have centered around political diversity. While certainly a worthwhile topic, I feel we’ve gotten to the point where we’re simply beating a dead horse (< sarcasm> clearly a David Kane et al and Ephblog first sarcasm>). I will most definitely concede that the vast majority of the Williams faculty and student body falls left of center in political viewpoints, but I have never once felt that my professors’ beliefs had factored into their teaching; nor have I ever felt any level of “proselytizing” on their part.
As a rightward-leaning moderate, I have certainly encountered opposition from students in a number of class discussions. Regardless, I cannot remember any instance where a professor disregards a student’s opinon because it doesn’t jive with his or her political convictions. That’s all I’ll say about that.
In beating this dead horse, we have ignored much of the reason and purpose behind the diversity initiatives report itself. Namely, Morty himself points out that a significant portion of such an effort centers on the following issue:
“To put it more generally, we want to move toward the day in which every Williams student, faculty, and staff member can feel that this is their college, not a college for others to which they’ve been invited. We have not reached that day yet, but we will.”
Though I have regrettably little time to delve into such a deep and difficult topic–I write this as my sixth graders take a practice New York State English Language Arts standardized test–I feel that it is a question that has thus far received fairly little attention on our part. Reading through the comments section of the Diversity Initiatives report, one can easily see why many students feel largely alienated from “mainstream” Williams culture. Thus I ask fellow Ephbloggers to leave the dead horse to rest once and for all, and move on to a new–and far more worthwhile–topic. I’ll add my own comments later when and if I get the chance.