Commentary: Viewpoint diversity and racial/ethnic diversity

Rebekah Adams, Princeton Class of 2021
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Higher education institutions have long been devoted to truth-seeking, at least in theory. But they have become less and less hospitable to truth-seeking as they have become more and more politically homogeneous, because students are less and less exposed to ideas that challenge their assumptions. Princeton Professor Keith Whittington argues that lack of ideological diversity, particularly in the faculty, undermines the scholarly mission of universities. Additionally, he states that a greater diversity of perspectives would improve research questions and analysis.

Furthermore, I would argue, ideological, or viewpoint diversity, creates a more intellectually stimulating collegiate experience for students that fosters critical thinking and open-minded leadership. But many progressive students are opposed to increasing viewpoint diversity.