Jessica Custodio, at Campus Reform, reports:
While Yale University has been pushing for an increased diversity of staff based on race, gender, and sexual orientation, some faculty members are speaking out about the lack of political diversity.
The Yale Daily News spoke with professors at the Ivy League institution for their perspectives on data from the schoolâ€™s Office of Institutional Research showing that faculty diversity is on the rise when it comes to gender and culture.
Many criticized what they claimed to be a lack of effort to have a faculty body surrounding the current political ideology seen throughout the nation. The publication referenced a 2017 survey revealing that close to 75 percent of Yale professors self-identify as liberal with less than 10 percent identifying as conservative.
â€œYale talks a lot of diversity, but basically all that diversity means here is skin colorâ€¦ thereâ€™s definitely no diversity here when it comes to politics,â€ said history professor Carlos Eire.â€
â€œThe liberal point of view is taken to be objective-not an opinion, not a set of beliefs, said Eire, adding that his own views are nonpartisan, â€œThereâ€™s an assumption that goes unquestioned that if youâ€™re not part of the herd groupthink thereâ€™s something wrong with you.â€
â€œ[Itâ€™s] not helpful if you want to have an open society with creative and productive political dialogueâ€¦ if everything you say is immediately invalid because you are not virtuous then thereâ€™s no dialogue,â€ Eire added.
Computer science professor David Gelernter agreed with his colleague, saying that the political diversity at Yale is â€œ0 percentâ€ and that there are â€œfew conservatives, including prominent ones.â€
â€œOf course, not many conservatives exist in most academic fields. But thereâ€™s no competition to get them either,â€ Gelernter added.
English professor Mark Oppenheimer spoke of his experience attending Yale as a student and compared it to the state of affairs today.
â€œMy sense today is that the social cost that one would pay for having certain conservative views is very strongâ€¦ and that effectively is a form of censorship, because to say people can say what they want, but they might pay for it by having far fewer friends, or being shunned, is not really to say that they can say what they want.â€