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Today’s episode explores the now widespread use of diversity, equity, and inclusion statements to hire, recruit, and promote in higher education. Our guest, Alex Small, Professor of Physics at California State Polytechnic University, argues that while inclusion statements are often well-meaning attempts to uplift compassionate teachers and mentors, they may be simply filtering for ideological conformity and slogan-savvy careerists. 

Alex’s blog: “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statements: Compassion Filter or Ideological Test?

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This episode was hosted by Zach Rausch, and produced by Davies Content.