Be woke, or else.
That’s the message that Indiana University School of Medicine just sent to its faculty. On June 16th, the Faculty Steering Committee formally approved a mandate that all professors demonstrate their commitment to identity politics as a condition of employment or tenure. IUSM is officially putting ideology ahead of medical education.
Do No Harm’s chairman, Dr. Stan Goldfarb, previously sent a letter to IUSM regarding this dangerous policy. He took issue with the mandate’s requirement that faculty (1) declare their support for “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” and (2) demonstrate the actions they’ve taken in pursuit of this agenda.
Dr. Goldfarb wrote:
“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 concluded by saying: “If you proceed with these standards, the IU School of Medicine will suffer.” The school will now prove it. Faculty will be stifled from teaching and researching non-woke concepts, while medical students will learn more about identity politics and less about caring for patients.
The good news is that the fight isn’t over. Indiana’s elected leaders should consider stepping in. After all, they spent taxpayer dollars supporting the school, and they can stop it from violating professors’ rights and harming medical students’ education. Someone has to protect Indiana from this woke mandate.
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