Bowling Green State University in Ohio is set to hand out “diversity and inclusion” scores to anyone applying to be a new member of the faculty, and could even make its final hiring decisions based solely on race, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
University President Rodney Rogers made the announcement of the new policy in April, confirming that the new policy would begin on May 1st. The new system includes a “diversity and inclusion” question on applications, and that candidates who do not answer the question, or who otherwise do “not address their own positionality,” are far more likely to be rejected.
The applications will then be considered before a faculty hiring committee, which will select five questions with which they can “score” the candidates on a five-point scale of “diversity and inclusion.” Candidates who earn a perfect score must show that they have “clear knowledge of, experience with, and interest in dimensions of diversity that result from different identities.” Applicants who do not “discuss identity” or say that they have “little experience with these issues” will ultimately be rejected.
In his announcement email, Rogers told faculty that they may scrap and rework the new system if it does not yield the diversity they are seeking.
The new system is part of Bowling Green’s broader “Diversity and Belonging Comprehensive Strategy and Plan,” which was first published in May of 2020. The plan allegedly aims to “remedy” the circumstances under which “not all people are afforded the same resources, treatment, and opportunity” at the college. Many other schools across the country have similarly ramped up their efforts to aggressively push more affirmative action-style programs and emphasize “diversity” in the wake of the race riots by Black Lives Matter last year.
However, some employees of the university are against the idea. One faculty member, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that “we should evaluate kids based on merits, not skin color or identity or such and such demographic or gender.”