Is Diversity Really A “Win-Win”?

By on October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017

New Yorker writer Kelefa Sanneh examines the evolution of the concept “diversity” and how it has been applied to institutions – academic, corporate and otherwise – over the decades. His analysis comes in the context of a legal challenge to Harvard University that alleges its admission policy discriminates against Asian-American applicants, and a Trump administration announcement that it intends to investigate and possibly litigate against such policies. “This notion of diversity has proved remarkably flexible, and therefore popular, especially in comparison with terms like “integration” or “racial parity,” which connote conflict, rather than harmony,” Sanneh writes. “It is possible that ‘diversity’ will ultimately prove too weak a term to do all that is asked of it. Contemporary advocates sometimes emphasize, instead, ‘inclusion,’ a less neutral concept, and one that gestures at the political agendas that inevitably shape these debates.”

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The New Yorker

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