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Medical Instructors May Soon Forfeit Tenure — Unless They Can Literally Prove Their Wokeness – RedState

For those interested in medicine, you may like to know Indiana University has other concerns — at their medical school.

In fact, the college is so stoked about social justice, it wants to make Diversity, Equity and Inclusion adherence compulsory. Such would be the case for anyone wanting to obtain tenure.

On the Indiana University School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, page, a proposal of DEI requirement is laid out:

Faculty members would be required to show effort toward advancing DEI in at least one mission area for which they are evaluated by including a short narrative DEI summary in their personal statement and by listing DEI-related activities on their CVs.

So — figuratively speaking — hopefuls will stand before those in charge and pray they aren’t determined obsolete:

The page further explains:

  • Activities related to DEI would not need to be within the faculty member’s area of excellence.
  • Engaging in professional development activities (such as attending a workshop) would be an acceptable way to fulfill the requirement.
  • If approved, the expectation would be phased in over 3 years and faculty members will have several years to complete the requirements.

Toward provenance, the school provides some examples of acceptable activities. A few:

  • Community-based outreach to historically marginalized communities (e.g., programming for K-12 students, community organizations, religious institutions, workshops for high school students to address LGBTQ+ awareness and resources)
  • Faculty development toward increasing one’s self-awareness and knowledge ,e.g., engaging in CME and/or professional development events, programs, modules, or workshops on DEI topics such as microaggressions, unconscious bias, upstander training; culturally relevant mentoring; inclusive teaching; DEI reading groups
  • Scholarship in the form of publications, conference presentations, invited lectures or presentations in other forums (e.g. internet) regarding research or activities addressing the health of particular populations including those historically marginalized and/or that address differences in therapeutic efficacy, health disparities, health care, or health care delivery related to marginalized communities
  • Research collaborations with faculty at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and/ or those institutions that predominantly serve historically marginalized populations (including internationally)
  • Scholarship in the form of publications, conference presentations, invited lectures or presentations in other forums (e.g. internet) regarding research or activities addressing the health of particular populations including those historically marginalized and/or that address differences in therapeutic efficacy, health disparities, health care, or health care delivery related to marginalized communities

So if you’re looking for extra work but without the complexity of additional pay, tenure could be yours.

According to the Academic Affairs site, during review, a DEI candidate “must present integrative evidence that amounts to excellence in value to the university. It is important to note that Integrative DEI cases are reviewed holistically and represent a marked departure from making clear distinctions among research, teaching and service as separate areas of review. Cases present a comprehensive argument for excellence across an integrated array of scholarly activities aligned with diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Medical experts who moonlight as acrobats will presumably prevail, as hoops can be tricky needles to thread.

As noted by Campus Reform, Indiana also recently updated its honor code to include DEI as a core value.

And if you’d like a refresher on “marginalized communities,” the medical school offers an assist:

Populations that have been relegated to positions of lesser importance or power in society through systemic disadvantage or exclusion over time from full participation in social, economic, educational, and/or cultural life. Disparities may exist for members of historically marginalized communities in such issues as employment, legal rights, and access to services; in healthcare, disparities may be observed in access to care, receiving a lesser standard of care or differential treatment by healthcare providers, and/or receiving treatment that does not meet their needs. The term is broad and encompasses those underrepresented in medicine as well as members of other communities including but not limited to women, LGBTQ+ individuals, those with different physical or cognitive abilities, indigenous persons, those of low socioeconomic status, and/or immigrant status.

There was a time when medicine was about medicine, and school was about school. But these days, you’re going to get schooled on wokeness. And if you resist, you’re not going to like your medicine.

-ALEX

 

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