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Read Idaho Republicans Asking Boise State to Abandon Inclusion by Nick Hazelrigg, from InsideHigherEd.com July 15, 2019. Part of WiFi (What I Find Interesting) Wednesday.

This drive to create a diversified and inclusive culture becomes divisive and exclusionary because it separates and segregates students,” wrote Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, in the Tuesday letter. “These initiatives by nature highlight differences and suggest that certain groups are treated unequally now — and that BSU should redress these grievances.”

Ehardt wrote the following Boise State goals and initiatives were “antithetical to the Idaho way”:
Supporting multicultural students events “instead of helping all students”
Six graduate fellowships for underrepresented minority students
A gender-based violence community-coordinated response team, “instead of letting the police handle the matter”
A gender-based equity center proposal for funding to provide LGBTQIA+ focused sexual misconduct prevention and response programming
Assessing the proper use of names and requested pronouns of students
Adding implicit bias sections to hiring and search committee curriculum
A graduate school prep course specifically for students from underrepresented groups

By Nick Hazelrigg, InsideHigherEd.com, July 15, 2019.

To say I am shocked is an understatement. It is brazen to use the language of the oppressed to say that diversity and inclusion efforts hurt the status quo, since it seems these efforts have been identified as the ones that divide and segregate people. I have written about why pride matters to me, because it is audacious on my part to feel any sort of pride when people try to diminish my experiences. This example from Idaho shows why we need to better educate people – particularly those with power – on why targeted groups need more support in the face of the ‘isms’ of the world.

This article makes me want to explore this topic more. If you have any suggestions on what to write, let me know below in the comments section.

Read Idaho Republicans Asking Boise State to Abandon Inclusion by Nick Hazelrigg, from InsideHigherEd.com July 15, 2019.Part of WiFi (What I Find Interesting) Wednesday.

Original article: 28 Idaho legislators sign letter asking Boise State to stop supporting diversity programs


In order to speak to diversity and inclusion efforts in student affairs, we need to make sure we know how to address our own competencies.

Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs: Advancing Social Justice and Inclusion by Raechele L. PopeAmy L. Reynolds, and John A. Mueller 


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