Hamilton College conservative historian questions diversity requirement

Historians in the News
tags: diversity, Hamilton College, Robert Maquette

Hamilton College has instituted a diversity requirement: all students must take a course that deals with issues of race, class, or identity—even if they are majoring in the hard sciences.

The proposal, which was approved by the faculty governing body 80-19, doesn't precisely specify what constitutes diversity, however, which has left one independent-minded professor wondering if his course on conservative thought could satisfy the requirement.

"Is it not eye-opening that a supermajority of the faculty would approve of imposing a requirement based upon a concept, 'diversity,' that was never precisely defined before it was voted on?" Robert Paquette, a history professor at Hamilton, asked Inside Higher Ed. "Will departments be drawing up lists of 'approved courses'? Which courses will be included? Which courses will be excluded? Does the understanding of 'diversity' include viewpoint diversity, and would, e.g., my course on conservative thought make anyone's list? Would all history courses make the list? Or none, or some?"

These are valid questions. Paquette, as it so happens, has donated to Republican candidates in the past, which makes him something of an anomaly. He is the only undergraduate professor to do so—not just at Hamilton, but at any of the top 50 liberal arts schools in the country, according to Campus Reform. ...

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