On campus recently we have had various faculty candidates come visit. I do love meeting with the candidates that come through. It is always interesting to hear what other scholars are researching.
Recently, I was really saddened by what a candidate suggested. The candidate asked if another faculty member was the only diverse person in the College.
Diversity is so much more than race. It can be socioeconomic background, age, gender, geographic, and numerous other identity factors. Suggesting that while the majority of the faculty are white, we must not be diverse in our identities and beliefs, shows how progressive many of us here really are. We appreciate the many dimensions of people, not just their skin color, all while researching such complex, critical social issues.