Commentary: Academic Freedom and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Jennifer Ruth
Academe Blog

Excerpt: For the Hamline president, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) come before academic freedom. What do the majority of faculty think? Of course it’s very hard to generalize, and nobody can say with a super-high degree of confidence. My guess would be that most faculty (and administrators, for that matter) take both academic freedom and the need to think through how to reform higher education so that it is truly in service of a multiracial and multicultural democracy very seriously—and hope that the two priorities are reconcilable.