0% diversity on Yale campus:
Yale Prof Estimates Faculty Political Diversity at ‘0%’
Pressure to join the “herd groupthink” in New Haven.
originally from the Yale Daily News:
Despite Yale’s push for increased diversity among faculty members — specifically with regards to demographic categories such as race, gender and sexual orientation — several members of the University community voiced their concerns about the lack of political diversity.
According to data from the Office of Institutional Research, the faculty gender gap is shrinking. Since 2006, the percentage of female Faculty of Arts and Sciences members has grown from roughly one-quarter to one-third. Yale faculty have also grown racially diverse over the years.
But conservative professors criticized what they saw as a lack of effort to recruit a faculty body that better represents the nation’s political makeup. Four professors interviewed by the News said that as is, Yale’s climate stifles political discourse. According to a 2017 survey, almost 75 percent of Yale professors said they were liberal. Still, according to University President Peter Salovey, Yale is actively seeking to recruit scholars from a range of backgrounds with different perspectives.
“I think diverse points of view, ideas that challenge the mainstream … represented in a University setting are critical to both providing a great educational environment and also to making headway in scholarship and research,” Salovey said in an interview with the News. “And that diversity of thinking includes, but is not limited to, a range of political opinions.”
“Yale talks a lot of diversity, but basically all that diversity means here is skin color,” Eire said. “There’s definitely no diversity here when it comes to politics. The liberal point of view is taken to be objective — not an opinion, not a set of beliefs.”
When it comes to politics, Eire said that his views do not exactly align with one party. On some issues, he says, he is conservative. On others, he is “more liberal than people who call themselves liberal.” Still, he added that most of his colleagues would call him a conservative.
“There’s an assumption that goes unquestioned that if you’re not part of the herd groupthink there’s something wrong with you,” he said.