University Asks Professors to Sign ‘Diversity’ Pledge, Promise Not to Insensitively Oppose Students’ Views – Opinion

While every employer enforces behavioral standards, has your worker taken any pledges?

Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management has composed a “diversity and inclusion pledge” for staff members.

Please refer to the following webpage

Every year, Heller faculty, staff and students reaffirm the pledge and place a signed copy of it on their offices.

Terms in the oath have had their meanings substantially change over time.

Firstly, the vow states, “I pledge to make Heller a safe and welcoming place for all people.”

“Safety” is certainly open to interpretation:

In 2016, the concept was shouted as a shield against Ben Shapiro’s mere words:


How does this pledge relate to safety? Such isn’t made clear. However, it is clear that the Massachusetts school believes its teachers have biases. So confession is needed:

[I pledge]Be aware of my biases and hold me accountable for them.

Beyond that, staff are advised to self-suppress all speech that isn’t “sensitive” to opposing views. If “insensitive” implies disagreement, the order appears a bit tall.

[I pledge]Engage in respectful dialogue with others, using language that is open to all opinions and without resentment or attack.

Faculty are then asked to give up their individual efforts in the fight against various outcomes.

[I pledge]Intentionally and continuously act in order to reduce injustice and social inequity within the wider community.

Instructors are also expected to assist students in living their lives.

I will work to create a world where everyone can be themselves and live fulfilling lives without discrimination.

Brandeis really is making moves in the area of reworking our world. Last June, RedState’s Jeff Charles covered the college’s “Oppressive Language” list.

Under “Violent Language,” students are encouraged not to use the phrase “killing it” when describing how another person did a good job. Why? Because “if someone is doing well, there are other ways to say so that don’t equate it to murder.” …

This category also includes [the Prevention, Advocacy & Resource Center (PARC)] suggests using the term “general rule” instead of “rule of thumb,” because “this expression allegedly comes from an old British law allowing men to beat their wives with sticks no wider than their thumb.”

Additionally nixed: “crazy, “lame,” “wild.” According to the institution, “ableist language can contribute to stigmas about and trivializes the experiences of people living mental health conditions.”

Under “Language That Doesn’t Say What We Mean,” PARC pushes students to stop using terms like “victim” or “survivor” because “these labels can make a person feel reduced to an experience. If the individual does not identify with one of these terms, then person-first language works well. If they do, honor them by using that word!”

In 2020, PARC published its “Response to Anti-Blackness.”

“In order to address our own anti-Blackness, we have looked at our practices and have identified specific ways to uplift our Black community through our work,” it said.

The plan’s middle points:

  • Be committed to changing oppressive language within yourself, in our programs and in our communities.
  • We can decenter whiteness through our work and resources. Our resource library, training materials, and other tools will be expanded to include more BIPOC voices and people of color.

Brandeis has more:

All the above might lend insight to what’s expected of pledging employees.

Regardless, one thing’s for sure: If you’re a professor at Brandeis University, much more is expected of you than mere teaching.



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