If you’re a professor at the University of Memphis, you may have the chance to make an extra $3,000.
Depending upon eligibility — and provided that I’m aptly adding two and two — you’ll need to teach youngsters to judge one another by race.
For those willing, the school is extending its cash-filled hand.
Observe the opportunity:
The [initiative] is offering an opportunity for interested faculty to critically consider methods and approaches to redesign existing courses housed within their departments to better advance the tenets and charge of the University’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice.
The project is “designed to support faculty who are interested in redesigning and aligning existing course syllabi with the goals established by the workgroup entitled, Infusing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice into Existing Courses/Curriculum.”
What exactly are the school’s “tenets and charge”?
According to the official website, the Eradicating Racism and Promoting Social Justice action plan recommends the following:
(A) Regular workshops to help develop the cultural competence of faculty and instructors on the subjects of race and racism
(B) Faculty in leadership roles being able and willing to conduct such workshops
(C) Support for the time and labor it will take instructors to carry out curriculum redesign and/or reconceptualization specifically focused on an antiracist agenda
The action plan includes three steps:
- Establish funding to support the time and labor instructors will require to redesign and/or reconceptualize curriculum.
- Establish funding to incentivize faculty and instructors to enroll in cultural competency workshops focused on race and racism, designing antiracist syllabi, and developing skills and appropriate dispositions for facilitating antiracist classroom discussion. … Similar to learning effective on-line instructional skills, learning how to develop antiracist curriculum and instructional skills should be treated as essential.
- Establish a formal method of compensating and recognizing antiracist leadership roles.
“Antiracism” — as laid out by CNN — prohibits microaggressive statements such as this:
“I’m colorblind; I don’t care if you’re white, black, yellow, green or purple.”
Part of the plan’s “Goal 2 — Identify/Develop Critical Curriculum Review Questions and Protocols“:
- Include an antiracism statement on all major core materials that demonstrates an active stance against racism and discrimination
As relayed by the announcement, at the start of the spring semester, “15-20 faculty members will be selected to serve as the first cohort of Curriculum: Infusing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice into Existing Courses/Curriculum Redesigners/Developers.”
Participants will receive 3,000 Big Ones in two installments: “$1,500 after completion of the syllabi redesign and $1,500 after teaching the newly designed course.”
Fighting racism by teaching people to view each other by race is all the rage.
Cases in point:
It’d be interesting to know whether antiracism fights racism in other countries — such as Greenland, which is covered in ice, and Iceland, which is covered in green.
Back to the University of Memphis, the action plan will ensure invisibility doesn’t occur:
It is the nature of race oppression for it to find ways to operate invisibly, and in turn to produce conceptual spaces that are mistakenly judged to be “race neutral” and therefore deemed inconsequential.
Hence, “It is imperative that no area of the curriculum is excluded.”
Not every professor’s enthused — one anonymous instructor asked The Washington Free Beacon, “Could this money be spent on students or retaining quality faculty rather than a progressive agenda?”
Evidently, that answer is no.
Still, if the college hopes to keep up, it had better mind its P’s and Q’s.
After all, it’s a competitive age. And despite U of M’s best efforts, so far as I know, they haven’t yet made magic — unlike some schools…
Tennessee University Segregates Students for ‘Antiracism’ Training, Hails the Absence of White People as ‘Magical’
— RedState (@RedState) September 6, 2021
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