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Spotlight: Campus free speech dies in DEI

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON —The University of Oregon is taking the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s hardline approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Big O mandates current and prospective faculty to submit statements discussing their contributions to DEI to be eligible for hiring, promotion and tenure, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE).

“These policies — including the guidelines and rubrics used to evaluate the DEI statements — require faculty to affirm UO’s views on DEI and to promote these views in their respective classrooms, research initiatives, and service activities, to avoid being disadvantaged in hiring or evaluation,” Fire notes in a statement.

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