Texas Tech yanks DEI job statements following media coverage
‘We immediately withdrew this practice and initiated a review of hiring procedures across all colleges and departments’
Texas Tech University announced it would prohibit the school’s biology department from using applicants’ commitments to wokeism and “diversity, equity and inclusion” after media coverage exposed the practice.
The public university announced on Tuesday that it “learned of a department that required a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement in addition to the usual applicant materials as part of a faculty search” and “immediately withdrew this practice and initiated a review of hiring procedures across all colleges and departments.”
The statement came after a Wall Street Journal opinion piece on Monday exposed the Texas Tech biology department’s use of diversity commitments and woke language in interviews and applications.
John Sailer, with the National Association of Scholars, wrote on Monday:
Amidst the explosion of university diversity, equity and inclusion policies, Texas Tech’s biology department adopted its own DEI motion promising to “require and strongly weight a diversity statement from all candidates.” These short, written declarations are meant to summarize an academic job seeker’s past and potential contributions to DEI efforts on campus.