January 12, 2016

I EXPECT WE’LL SEE THIS SORT OF THING IN A LOT OF STATES: Knox legislative delegation calls for hearings on UT diversity office.

What’s really notable here is that this is UT’s delegation; many of their constituents work for UT, and these are the legislators UT goes to when it wants things from the legislature. This indicates two things, I think: (1) That they have a lot of leverage over the university; and (2) that their constituents, maybe even those who work for UT, don’t feel impelled to support the diversity office. I suspect that’s a more widespread phenomenon, too. Diversity offices are not especially popular with most people who work at universities, though of course you’re not supposed to talk about that.

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