The Subjugated Meaning of “Diversity”
Jonathan Cole (@jonathancole2), interviewed by Leonard Lopate on WNYC about his book Toward a More Perfect University (Public Affairs @Public_Affairs, 2016), bemoaned the lack of diversity in today’s universities. But it’s not the meaning of “diversity” filling the airwaves today.
“Bring the faculty back into the [student] selection process . . . who have a sense of various types of qualities and skills and try to bring these different skill sets together. Let’s bring a great artist, a great poet, and a great musician and a great scientist together and have them experience the interaction with each other in a way that they can learn from each other and have an idea of the way in which diversity really should operate … Not only different cultures because of different ethnic and racial backgrounds, but also because of the multiple talents that the people have in the class.
Originally published at Poetry and Science.