Penn State Professors Given 53 Tips for Inclusivity

University warns faculty not to assume gender, give bad grades or ignore 'implicit bias'

by Kathryn Blackhurst | 22 Feb 2017 at 5:12 AM

Due to its concern for students who reported experiencing “implicit biases, stereotype threat, and micro and macro aggressions,” Penn State University recently provided its professors with a list of 53 “strategies for inclusive classrooms.”

Following  a Jan. 24 meeting with the University Faculty Senate, the Educational Equity and Campus Environment (EECE) recommended that professors should be equipped with resources to help them fight against “implicit bias” in the “classroom climate.” In response to these concerns, the university’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence provided professors with the 53 tips in a handout titled “Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms.”

“Tips like this made by bureaucratic administrators are chapter one of pretty much every dystopian novel ever written.”

“Tips like this made by bureaucratic administrators are chapter one of pretty much every dystopian novel ever written,” Eddie Zipperer, assistant political science professor at Georgia Military College, told LifeZette in an email. “Some Progressives have fascist fantasies of an America where everyone is just like them — talks like them, believes like them, votes like them. Ironically, they strive for this sameness in the name of ‘diversity.'”

As the university’s website reads, “the design is founded on the assumption that most faculty are already aware of the importance of diversity and inclusion. However, fewer faculty are aware of how the lack of inclusion can have a negative impact on students’ learning and faculty teaching.”

“Experience indicates that even the most caring faculty may not know what actions they can take in their own courses or how to respond to inadvertent or overt biases expressed in the classroom,” the website added, noting that students often complain of suffering through “implicit biases, stereotype threat, and micro and macro aggressions in our classrooms.”

In order to address these students’ concerns, Penn State offered 53 suggestions for its professors to implement.

“Use visuals that do not reinforce stereotypes, but do include diverse participants,” the workshop checklist reads before noting the vast important of using “varied names and socio-cultural contexts in test questions, assignments, and case studies.”

Because some students become grossly offended if they feel stereotyped in any way, the inclusivity tips also asked professors to refrain from asking or expecting “students to represent an entire group, either by look or by request.”

Penn State also warned its professors of remaining apathetic about their own preconceived biases.

“Examine your background and experiences (so that you understand how your students see you!)” the sheet reads. “Consider your academic traditions and the biases that they may inadvertently reinforce.”

One of these biases may exhibit itself in discriminating against transgendered students, the checklist suggests.

“Avoid assuming the gender of any student,” the sheet commanded, even though transgendered adults make up less than one percent of the total U.S. population.

Although Penn State prods its professors to “encourage multiple perspectives (as opposed to consensus) in discussions,” its guide also makes a blanket stipulation in suggesting that the professors “avoid expressing racially charged political opinions.”

But the vague delineation of “racially charged political opinions” doesn’t offer any concrete standards by which someone’s political beliefs can be judged.

Spencer Brown, a spokesman for Young America’s Foundation, told The College Fix that the “racially charged political opinions” stipulation would most likely be used “almost exclusively against conservative students.”

"Conservatives are falsely dubbed 'racist' by leftists for supporting school choice, the right to life, or even just observing the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks," Brown said. "It’s ironic that leftists are so concerned with promoting tolerance and preventing bias when the biggest purveyor of bias and intolerance is the Left."

The "Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms" checklist also appeared to advocate for a set of softer academic thresholds when it recommended that professors both "allow students to select the weighting of different aspects of the course" for grading and "allow students to accumulate grade points in a variety of ways."

"If I were a professor at Penn State, I would file this memo in the special file cabinet for PC nonsense (a.k.a. the trash can)," Zipperer said. "Big universities get money to create entire offices dedicated to equity and diversity. All the people who work in these offices must constantly justify the existence of their job. That is how they become traffickers of nonsense, word police, and the enablers of faux outrage."

"When an administrator has a fake job like Director of Institutional Equity, Diversity Proliferation, and Behavior Modification, they have tons of spare time to fill, and they like to fill it by trying to erase the personalities of other people and turn them into [politically correct] drones," Zipperer concluded.

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