• Art Jahnke

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    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 7 comments on BU Takes Another Step to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. Is “inclusive” the same as “equal”? The article says BU is developing “inclusive” processes to achieve diversity to make up for past racism. Racism is wrong. But does this mean the new rules will treat everyone equally, or will the rules achieve diversity by treating some races differently than others? Treating people differently based on their race is racism. Racism cannot make up for racism.

  2. The initiative outlined in this article is fully laudable. One wonders, however, whether the institution needs to contract yet another outside consulting firm (presumably not cheap) to carry it forward. Statements such as the following do, indeed, sound impressive: “The firm will conduct virtual focus groups and a diversity, equity, and inclusion survey and develop a talent flow analysis and a talent acquisition and development diagnostic.” Higher education is increasingly awash with buzzwords and jargon of the type evidenced here, much of it inflected by corporate-speak. One wonders how our most famous alumnus, Dr. Martin Luther King, would react on hearing this kind of rhetoric… BU is blessed with substantial in-house talent, fully able to push this initiative forward. Do we really need to siphon off tuition dollars to pay for yet another fancy consulting firm? One can begin to suspect that this is a PR maneuver on a certain level (“Look, we’re serious about this! We’re even bringing in a consulting firm!”) BU needs to do its part in helping to cure the cancer of racism in this country. That said, do we really need to slide into the domain of technocrats while doing so?

  3. Are the priorities of the Board and President aligned with the needs of the university? Tuition for students has increased, health insurance costs for employees are increasing disproportionally, and the 403B contributions are still frozen, yet money is found for other “necessities”.

    A strategic decision has been made to allocate resources to this task and the only question that remains is who will really pay for it?

  4. You don’t need a ridiculously expensive consultant. BU is known for hiring students —- make your school more accessible, ensure coveted student leadership positions are protected for work studies, invest in the diversity of your student body and your faculty will follow.

  5. It’s interesting. In my BU days, Howard Zinn was barely mentioned by the administration, basically hidden away as too radical.

    Today, it appears the opposite is true. The school appears to be doing the same thing, albeit on the other side–extreme “liberalism.”

    Intellectually moderation would be better. Both extremes and a center would be acceptable.

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