Harvard professor calls to end mandatory DEI statements

Harvard Law School professor Randall L. Kennedy called on Tuesday for the end of mandatory diversity, equity, and inclusion statements, calling them “ideological pledges of allegiance.”

Kennedy wrote an op-ed as part of a Council on Academic Freedom at Harvard calling out DEI ideology and the practice of forcing prospective professors to submit a statement describing their “orientation toward diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.”

“By requiring academics to profess — and flaunt — faith in DEI, the proliferation of diversity statements poses a profound challenge to academic freedom,” Kennedy wrote Tuesday, even while describing himself as “a scholar on the left committed to struggles for social justice.”

“By overreaching, by resorting to compulsion, by forcing people to toe a political line, by imposing ideological litmus tests, by incentivizing insincerity, and by creating a circular mode
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