At my university and many others, “diversity” is like Frank’s RedHot sauce, “they put that sh*t on everything!”
It is drenched on mission and value statements. It is mixed into committees and task forces established to examine the ills facing Black and Brown students on campus. A few dabs are added to million-dollar projects to assess the campus climate. Institutions even create specialty sauces in the form of programs and scholarships specifically designed to recruit and retain “students of color.”
Human Resources likes to sprinkle a little bit into their search pools in search of “qualified” Black and Brown candidates. A few faces of color are splattered on the website occasionally to showcase what a “diverse” campus we are.
I love Frank’s RedHot sauce as much as the next person, but just like “diversity,” it is usually associated with “people of color.”…