The Indiana University School of Medicine is planning to force professors to prove how woke they are. It recently proposed “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Standards” that will determine who gets promoted or tenure on the school’s faculty. These standards have nothing to do with medicine and everything to do with radical ideology.
On May 14th, Do No Harm submitted an official comment letter to IUSM’s Faculty Steering Committee, which is pushing this mandate. In the letter, our chairman, Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, describes the damage this policy would do to the faculty:
“Forcing candidates to declare their support for DEI when so many of them undoubtedly oppose it would compel dishonesty. Forcing candidates to show a track record of involvement in DEI would compel participation in and allegiance to a belief system. All of this is deeply illiberal and violates IUSM’s own professed commitment to academic freedom.“
He also points out this policy will lead to discrimination at IUSM:
“Additionally, the standards will incentivize faculty to engage in racial discrimination in who they hire, promote, mentor, and to whom they provide scholarships and grants. Similar standards at other institutions have directly led to discrimination.”
Dr. Goldfarb concludes:
“If you proceed with these standards, the IU School of Medicine will suffer. You will harm IUSM’s reputation for apolitical excellence. You will stifle your faculty’s ability to teach and research at the highest level. Most disturbingly, you will worsen the education on which your students depend, hurting their careers and the patients they will soon serve.”
“I am sure the people of Indiana, whose tax dollars fund the IU School of Medicine, and their elected representatives would not support the ideological corruption of the state’s leading medical school.”
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