Last semester a new two course "Diversity Requirement" was foisted upon the student body by a coalition of identity-group hustlers who have a fetish for playing the victim and demanding everyone else give them special treatment and funds for programs so they may continue, well, playing the victim. The goal of the social justice warriors behind the requirement is to force all students into taking two courses which in the words of the campaign’s fact sheet, focus on “race, class, sexual identity, immigration status, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, and disability/ability.”
No doubt with some America bashing thrown in.
Grievance studies professors have been advocating such a requirement for a long time due to an inability to find enough students who are willing to take their courses. To solve the problem and increase their own job security these professors figured the best thing to do was coerce students into their classes by restricting student choice and creating a special list of politically “approved” courses concentrated in their departments. Some, like English Professor Ricardo Ortiz, helped draft the proposal. As one might expect, it wasn’t difficult to find a few easily brainwashable students who were more than willing to screw over their peers and serve as the public face of the effort.
In the run up to the Main Campus Executive Faculty (MCEF) vote that would decide on adopting the new requirement, (subject to approval by Georgetown’s Board of Directors), the activists kept secret their list of eighty “approved” courses (and to our knowledge, no such list has ever been made available to the studentry). As part of their rhetoric they also put forth the lie that Georgetown is an unsafe and hostile place for minorities. This, despite the University’s highest paid employee being a black man, the widespread use of affirmative action, and a bunch of other special programs catering to minority groups. In a smart strategic move the requirement was advertised as being made for future Hoyas only, a concession necessary in order to prevent the development of organized opposition from current students who might protest if the proposal impacted them. It’s easier, after all, to sucker punch someone if, like the Class of 2020, they don’t know what's coming.
The Hoya played a supporting role by printing an editorial, op-eds, and biased news articles in which they were UNABLE TO FIND A SINGLE STUDENT, PROFESSOR, OR ADMINISTRATOR who opposed the initiative. Of course, no op-eds were published speaking out against the proposal and we're told comments opposing the requirement were deleted from The Hoya’s webpage.
The Diversity Requirement was passed by the MCEF and to our knowledge is awaiting final approval by the Board of Directors along with the development of an implementation plan and final list of approved courses. It also won’t go into effect until students arrive next year, (which means congratulations Class of 2019, you lucked out!). Everything depends on whether or not President Jack DeGioia supports the proposal, since we’re pretty sure the BoD will follow his advice on the matter. DeGioia has been silent on the issue, but his Chief of Staff Joseph Ferrara appears to be amenable to the SJW demands, though that just may have been to keep the peace and get the activists out of DeGioia’s office in Healy which they had been forcibly occupying at the time.
The big question on every one’s minds is whether or not the Diversity Requirement will be a requirement in name only. The University has to walk a fine line here. Make it too restrictive and you risk angering a majority of students who will complain of wasted time and money. Georgetown charges around $7,500 per course, so now students will be wasting $15K on this requirement, not including opportunity costs or the monetary value for each hour spent studying for and attending a class you never wanted and which was foisted upon you by a bunch of left-wing hustlers playing identity-group politics. It’s worth remembering that dissatisfied and upset students are less likely to contribute as alumni, and rich alumni are likely to come from the business school whose students will be most negatively affected by the requirement. By the way, that $15k represents about half the debt your average Hoya with student loans will have when they graduate, and which they must repay, with interest.
Make the requirement too broad, however, and diversity advocates along with left-wing faculty lose out on an opportunity for ideological indoctrination and the filling of heretofore empty seats in the grievance studies courses, putting their departmental funding and jobs at risk. The grievance studies majors (Women’s Studies, English, Sociology, to name just three) are most likely to have non-profit, community organizer, or coffee barista jobs after graduation, and will likely leave GU with the same chip on their shoulder and sense of victimhood they came in with, so we wonder how much they'll donate after graduation.
According to some reports, there appears to be an internal war being waged among the faculty regarding how many courses will qualify as satisfying the requirement. The original list the activists wanted was 80, then we heard it was up to well over 200, then back down below that number. We’ll keep you updated with what we learn.
We hope for the Class of 2020 and beyond that it’ll easy to avoid the worst of the requirement, but we’re not so sure. Lefties have a way of embedding their way into bureaucracies and making life more difficult for everyone with excessive regulations and programming meant to justify their own existence. It’ll be less burdensome for those in the SFS who all study a foreign language and usually take courses dealing with regions and cultures outside the U.S. or Western Europe, and which are likely to already be taking courses that count. The students who will be screwed over the most are those in the business and nursing schools, as well as anyone majoring in a STEM field.