Friday, June 02, 2006

Diversity, thy name is . . . well . . . oh f*&! it: things that are diverse.

I don't generally like this Mike Adams' writing, but his treatment of the 46-page "diversity plan" from the University of Oregon is worth reading. My favorite is the "definition" of diversity, which had to have been written over days and weeks of agonizing meetings of the Faculty Committee on Diversity and Underrepresented Groups:
We recognize the difficulty of using a term like diversity that is subject to multiple interpretations. We intend to be inclusive when we use this term. The risk of listing examples of diversity is that no list can be all inclusive. In defining diversity for use in this document, we do not intend to leave out any group. In this document when we discuss persons "of diverse backgrounds or experiences" we mean by that description to refer to the broad range of diversity intended by our definition here. Further, when we discuss "underrepresented groups" we intend to refer again to the broad definition of diversity.
That's a direct quote from the "diversity plan." Apparently, "diverse and underrepresented" folks at the University of Oregon include those that don't know the rule we all learned in elementary school: you can't define something by referring to the thing itself.