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Miami University Makes Graduation Contingent on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training

One American university is now forcing all graduates to go through “antiracism” and microaggression training. It has made it compulsory: All graduates must be provided with explicit instruction on “diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

Forty years ago, elementary school children often expressed fantasies of becoming firefighters, police officers, or even teachers. Today, children are aspiring to become diversity officers, or ought to be. Based on the way things are going, this will be the most exciting career path for the near future.

Miami University is holding its first online “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI) class. Similar to the recent change made by Illinois State University, Miami University will require each student to take the test in order to be eligible for graduation. For some, such an obligation may seem unnecessary–but isn't everything in college an instruction in DEI?

In any case, Miami's website has a course description available stating that everyone benefits from diversity, equity, and integration (DEI) developments. Beyond reflecting Miami's work with passion and dedication to DEI, these in-depth online courses provide fresh perspectives and best practices for fostering diverse workplaces and communities.

These issues were once questioned by critics, but attention seems to have diminished. For those who are anti-racist and those who aren't sure if they are, UCLA Law Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw describes the word as follows: “Anti-racism is the active dismantling of systems, privileges, and everyday practices that reinforce and normalize the contemporary dimensions of white dominance. This, of course, also involves a critical understanding of the history of whiteness in America.”

Miami's Cristina Alcalde, vice director for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, explained the significance of DEI in the school's newspaper. There's always research to prove that it is “diverse” businesses that are the most successful. “We repeatedly hear how research tells us that well-managed, diverse workplaces are more competitive, innovative, and successful than non-diverse ones. Creating this course was an opportunity to tap into and bring together existing Miami faculty and staff expertise on diversity, equity, and inclusion for the benefit of all in the Miami community and beyond.”

The U.S. military agrees, according to Defense.gov, which states that inclusion, diversity, and equity within the army are essential to the United States–as Bishop Garrison, chief advisor to the secretary of defense on diversity and human capital equity and inclusion, observed.

Returning to Miami, Senior Director for News and Communications Jessica Rivinius discussed the need for urgent action with the media. “Throughout every sector of society, there is an urgent need for leaders who will advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, and build better and stronger workplaces and communities. By learning from Miami's amazing faculty and experts, and the additional resources offered, participants of the course will be empowered to thrive–and help others thrive–in our increasingly complex and globalized world.”

The way we learn has changed. The previous model honed students' ability to think critically and helped develop abilities that would help them be successful in their careers. Nowadays, no matter where anyone lives, public schools want to make sure that everyone in America is of the same mind once they reach maturity. Is this strategy effective? Not necessarily.

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