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    Prof: University diversity trainings not helpful to minorities, reinforce ‘white privilege’

    Prof: University diversity trainings not helpful to minorities, reinforce ‘white privilege’
    COLLEGE FIX STAFF •JANUARY 12, 2020

    A professor of education and social justice at the University of Birmingham says college trainings designed to help minorities advance are ineffective, and may even bolster “white privilege.”

    Kalwant Bhopal examined 30 interviews of those who attended programs designed to support BMEs (Black Ethnic Minorities), and found that many believed “structural inequalities” were not sufficiently addressed.

    According to Times Higher Education, at present only 80 of the United Kingdom’s 14,000-plus professors are black.

    Bhopal, who published her findings in the British Educational Research Journal, said diversity/inclusion programs “benefit higher education institutions rather than contributing to a commitment to inclusion, equity and creating a diverse workforce.” They also “perpetuate and reinforce white privilege.”

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    One interviewee observed that the leadership courses were in essence adapted from those aimed at “white, middle-class women”, and had not been tailored to provide “tools to navigate the complex interpersonal relationships we have to think about as BME people”. Another questioned whether black staff would want to “conform to the white style of leadership…that may not work for us because we are not white”.

    Some questioned the fact that the courses were run by black trainers without an academic background, with one stating that it was “bit strange” that there were only BME people in the room.

    “White senior academics…should be brought in at the end so that they can also understand first-hand some of the issues we are facing – which many of them don’t really comprehend,” said one black male interviewee quoted in the paper.

    This lack of engagement from senior management led some to conclude that “institutions are using these courses as a tick-box exercise to say they are supporting BME staff”, Professor Bhopal told Times Higher Education.
    I can understand why they didn't find training designed for white women useful. I never found any of that stuff useful myself and I am a white woman.

    What they're talking about here is 'leadership' training and career advancement. In any work environment these are important but they're all different. Beyond that, no packaged training can teach you the unspoken code where you work or the tricks to get past useless management drones where you work.

    That "code", by the way, has nothing to do with racism or sexism - it's way worse than that. It involves often psychically divining a key person's pet interests or dislikes and tailoring your research or projects to placate or excite that individual while you covertly get real work done. It's no easy task.

    However, the only 'structural' part about it is the study of human nature and the willingness to manipulate that to advantage while still profiting the bottom line (non-profit academic work has as much of a bottom line as anything else, it's just evaluated differently).

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    [quote]According to Times Higher Education, at present only 80 of the United Kingdom’s 14,000-plus professors are black.[/quote}
    80%???????????
    Sure as hey isn't a minority. How much more does she want...…………..

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    Not 80%. just 80, the integer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    Not 80%. just 80, the integer.
    Just step away from the post, Adam. It's not safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    Not 80%. just 80, the integer.
    OK, misread.

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