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MIT Removed Diversity Statements

Updated: May 13

In January this year, three prestigious universities (Harvard, UPenn and MIT) testified before Congress about antisemitism on their campuses. It became quite a news story as all three Presidents, who happened to be women, answered in ways that led the public to question their confidence in their ability to lead their schools. 

UPenn’s President stepped down days after the congressional testimony in response to a call for her resignation. Harvard’s President, Dr. Claudine Gay, ’s resignation wasn’t as simple. Our President, TaChelle Lawson, shared her thoughts on Dr. Gay while it was going on. 

MIT’s president, Sally Kornluth, is the only one still standing, having received the support of the MIT executive committee. A few days ago, she announced that MIT removed diversity statements from the hiring process, stating that she believes they can achieve inclusion without a statement.

At FIG, we’re in full agreement with this anti-woke approach. A piece of paper does not guarantee inclusion will be achieved. The mandatory statements turned candidates of all races off from schools nationwide. Educators and students have reported they don’t feel they’ll get a fair shot. The irony in that is another story. 

Talking about inclusion and achieving it are not the same thing. MIT believes diversity and inclusion matter because they do. By addressing inclusion without virtue signaling, MIT can become the leader in higher education and the business community. But how?

How will they ensure inclusion is achieved without the promissory note? They can start by making it a part of the day-to-day policies and behaviors. They can also challenge ALL students and faculty to meet the MIT standards and be accountable when they fail to deliver.

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