Friday, April 27, 2012

Diversity Training Doesn’t Work, But It Persists Anyway, Due to Compulsion

Diversity training doesn’t work, according to an article in Psychology Today. In it, Peter Bregman notes, “Diversity training doesn’t extinguish prejudice. It promotes it.”

But don’t expect it to stop. Government regulations often require that a school be accredited, a condition that accreditors like the American Bar Association use to force law schools to run costly diversity and sensitivity-training programs or use racial preferences in admissions (despite the dubious legality of some such diversity programs and admissions preferences). Such mandates have contributed to the growth of a vast and costly “diversity machine” in college administrations. (And as a condition of practicing law in California, I had to take continuing legal education on the topic of “elimination of bias in the legal profession.”)


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I first found out that I was Hispanic when I was a first-year student at UT Law. I had innocently thought I was Irish-English, just like my blue-eyed, fair-skinned parents. But, sure enough, I was Hispanic by virtue of having been born while they were sojourning in Paraguay. I wasted no time in applying for the only Affirmative-Action Hispanic scholarship of my class, which I won, no doubt because I had come to Law School after a real education gained outside of Texas.

But before that, and sometimes afterward, I checked off that I'm White, which I am. So I think the current confusion over Elisabeth Warren's "ethnicity" is perfectly natural. All my Amerikan friends and all my Brazilian friends laugh whenever I say I'm Paraguayan, especially when Paraguay beats Brazil in soccer.

Anyway, UT Law pretends to promote "diversity," and what can be more diverse than blue-eyed, fair-skinned Latinos and Indians? Affirmative Action is a crock.

Posted by: Jimbino | Apr 28, 2012 9:33:04 AM

I've got an Uncle Luis. Will that do?

Posted by: dearieme | Apr 28, 2012 5:32:10 PM

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Posted by: Prada Schuhe | May 24, 2012 12:52:30 AM

It’s important for organizations to offer some type of diversity training to help their employees deal with potentially difficult situations. Diversity training can help employees avoid harassing and disrespectful behaviors, creating a healthy environment for everyone, with no costly lawsuits.

Posted by: Workforce Training Expert | Jun 11, 2012 7:43:48 PM