Iowa State University has added a requirement to their job application which asks prospective employees to pledge that they will “demonstrate their contribution to diversity and inclusion” once hired.  

The College Fix reports ISU calls itself a “global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment,” and the new requirement states the “university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.”

According to those principles, the public university believes in “the right to and the importance of a free exchange of ideas at Iowa State University within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity, and respect.”

The College Fix reports these principles are vague and do not explain what “courtesy, sensitivity, and respect,” look like while engaging in the free exchange of ideas.

In the past, the university has been found guilty of knowingly violating the First Amendment rights of students.

Iowa State spokeswoman Annette Hacker told The College Fix, “the purpose of the language is to ensure applicants have an understanding of the university’s ongoing commitment to diversity in experience and perspective. Applicants may choose to share what they believe to be applicable.”

The university’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Reginald Stewart, explained to the campus leaders the new language is a way to be honest about the university’s priorities with potential employees.

“We knew it would be time for us to articulate [a] message of diversity and inclusion for every new employee,” Stewart said. “The important work of having the really complex and difficult conversations that we’ve been having is that it’s the responsibility of everyone, not just the people over in that office that have diversity and inclusion in their title.”

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The College Fix

  • ssgtnelson

    Huh…. that’s a bit exclusive of them, isn’t it?

  • Rusty Esq

    What does diversity mean? For example, if I’m a lesbian Botswanian with low grades, do I get a free pass admission? Does it only apply to gender and skin colour? What about hair colour, height, eye colour, hair length?

    What does it impact? What evidence do I need to demonstrate it?

    I recently saw a 10 page educational article on diversity. In summary, it said “women, women, women, bad men, women, women, women and black people”. How diverse. Thankfully, it was only targeted at school children. The black people was illustrated by a pair of black hands (I’d call that token, but it did take up 1/2 a page).*

    Diversity is the new code word for identity politics, which is the older code word for racism and sexism.

    * That same institution also only has females on its home web page, which changed when diversity was mandated.

  • Victor Amoroso

    As an alumni of Iowa State, I am ashamed of them. It wasn’t like this when I went there. There were leftists on campus, but there was only one who affected my grades because of it. Now, I would probably be gulaged. Shameful.

  • PaulMurrayCbr

    Who decides what such a demonstration of contribution might be?

  • Pearlbuck

    That’s a state university. Wait a minute… WHY did we vote for Trump again?

    • Rob B

      The fuck ya want Trump to do about this?

      • Pearlbuck

        State Universities get federal funds.

  • ytuque

    Liberals think by changing language, they can change thinking.

  • ytuque

    And obviously, the contribution to diversity does not include diversity of political views.

    • Rob B

      Course not. Diversity of thought is EVIL. Must. All. Think. Same.

  • You know, I continually get calls from cheerful undergrads trying to guilt me into giving money to my alma mater. I was so close to caving, but then I saw this. Sorry, ISU, but I’ll keep my money where it’s safe.

    Cyclones are a force to be reckoned with; I had hoped they would be better than this.

  • Bride of Chucky

    “free exchange of ideas”? Yeah right. I can see those leftist pukes freaking out as some as someone as the gall to “exchange” any idea that doesn’t meet their leftist “idea”

  • Steve O

    Something tells me that “diversity and inclusion” will be implemented exactly the opposite, and used as a means to justify violating free speech. Or free thinking.

  • webkilla

    So… they have to sign on to agree with some empty platitudes, or does it actually involve something tangible?