Today at work I attended a mandatory lecture on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The speaker espoused ideals of making the University an inclusive space.

Good thought, however the talk failed to address the fact that the University exists because of and to perpetuate inequity.

The University is hierarchical and exclusive.
People are admitted on the basis of cognitive ability.
People go to university to obtain privilege.
The University exists, primarily, to ensure its continued existence.

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Students pay to receive education. It is not given away in the spirt of generosity.
Staff are paid according to their rank.
Those who don't fit in are ejected.

Don't get me wrong, I think universities are great things and I love them deeply. But they are deeply flawed institutions. Promoting a professor to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer will not fix the fundamental problems with academia.

To make universities truly inclusive spaces would require completely rethinking them and the societal context in which they exist.

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