One of my readers sent me this. It’s from his eminence, the honorable Douglas M. Haynes, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Inclusive Excellence, University of California at Irvine.
Try to get through it without laughing out loud.
This is the sort of meaningless drivel, non-academinc, time-wasting, life-diminishing indoctrination you parents are sending your kids off to college to “learn.”
Dear campus community,
A number of posters advertising a student-sponsored event have appeared on campus using offensive language directed at members of the campus community. One such poster included the word “faggotry.” Homophobia – as well as other forms of bias – contradicts our campus’s enduring commitment to inclusive excellence. Let me be clear: Bigotry has no place here or anywhere.
This type of incident should be a reminder about what connects us: UCI. Every member of our community has chosen to come to UCI to learn and teach and explore and create in an environment that is supportive and affirmative. By expecting equity, supporting diversity and practicing inclusion, each of us can do our part to fortify our collective sense of community.
This incident is all the more distressing as it occurred a day after the third annual Anteater Equity Games. At noon on Wednesday, May 4, hundreds of staff, students and faculty turned out at Aldrich Park to have fun while learning about and appreciating the richness of our campus diversity, including the lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer community.
One way to strengthen the bonds of community is to utilize the programming resources that the LGBT Resource Center sponsors. I myself benefited from Safe Zone training. There are now hundreds of staff and faculty who have completed this training. There is always room for more allies.
In the meantime, my office remains open to all members of the UCI community to further efforts to promote inclusive excellence.
Expect equity, support diversity and practice inclusion!
Douglas M. Haynes, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Inclusive Excellence
It’s gotten to where you can’t even make this shit up anymore. All attempts to do so would fail, because the real thing is so much more hilarious.