Update on Prior Blog. Could be a new Reality Series… 🙂
The University of Arizona recently announced that it will revise its controversial “Social Justice Advocates” position after facing a week of backlash from conservative media.
As Campus Reform initially reported, the school planned to pay students $10 per hour to assume the responsibilities of “Social Justice Advocates,” which included hosting monthly “social justice modules” for RAs and bi-semesterly “Real Talks” with residents, while arranging both “active” and “passive” social-justice programming.
“It’s best to use a title that isn’t politically charged. It just set off alarms.”
Most controversially, though, the job description called for students filling the role to “report any bias incidents or claims to appropriate Residence Life staff,” prompting many conservative pundits to point out that the school was effectively paying its students to “tattle on others.”
“So, let’s get this straight,” wrote Tom Knighton of PJ Media on Wednesday, in one example. “The university takes money from students and the Arizona taxpayers and funnels it toward a social justice Gestapo whose primary function seems to be a combination of social justice secret police and indoctrination activities, and this is supposed to be a good thing?”
The Thought Police.
In response, the university has scrubbed the job listing from its website, noting that it is “in the process of reviewing the title and responsibilities,” but providing no further details regarding possible revisions.
School officials told The Phoenix New Times that it planned on changing at least the title of the position since the term “social justice” elicited so many negative reactions.
University officials told the Phoenix New Times that it was likely the title soon would be changed because some people have strong feelings about the phrase “social justice.”
“It’s best to use a title that isn’t politically charged,” university spokesperson Pam Scott explained. “It just set off alarms.”
So Like Global Cooling…Warming…Climate Change…The The Thought Police job will get an Orwellian Makeover. It’s not like the University suddenly released what it was doing was a bad idea, just that the optics were wrong.
Typical Liberal. Never let their sanctimony get in the way of critical thinking. 🙂
The duties of the new position, which include reporting any “bias incidents” committed by students living in dorms, were being distorted by some members of the press, officials said.
Applications are no longer being taken. A help-wanted ad that was online but appears to have been taken down stated that the job will, among other things, require the advocates to:
- “Create an environment that enables Residence Life student leaders to dialogue around topics related to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice.”
- “Promote inclusive communities through positive interactions and increase resources available for staff on topics relating to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice.”
- “Report any bias incidents or claims to appropriate Residence Life staff,” and “confront diversely insensitive behavior.”
And of course, guess who’s fault it is… 🙂
Nick Sweeton, executive director of UA Residence Life and University Housing, said he believes a “trend” of unwelcoming behavior by some students against others began at the university after President Donald Trump’s election.
And they have learned nothing at all. After all, they are the superior morality…
The accused student’s name won’t be recorded in connection with an incident, but the student will be contacted by school officials. The school may “recalibrate” the type of reporting by the advocates as necessary, they said.
The advocates will create monthly programs regarding diversity and social-justice issues, maintain bulletin boards, host dialogues among student groups, and perform other related tasks. Officials hope the advocates, who are expected to have a “moderate” understanding of modern social-justice issues, will become a resource for students hoping to make changes in themselves or the university.
The university also asks the advocates to take time on the job to “increase understanding of one’s own self through critical reflection of power and privilege, identity and intersectionality, systems of socialization, cultural competency, and allyship as they pertain to the acknowledgement, understanding, and acceptance of differences.”
That part involves understanding of white privilege or critical race theory, which is the idea that racism in various forms is embedded in all parts of American culture, the officials said. But the advocates won’t be required to actually believe in those concepts to perform their jobs.
All the advocates will receive the same training for the job, regardless of their religious or ethnic background.
“Our goal is not impose a belief on students,” Sweeton said. “It’s simply to expose them to an idea. It does involve a lot of self-reflection. They’ll be trained on some areas in terms of self-identity.”
The advocates will then be prepared to enlighten other students.
“In a global economy and multicultural society, we think it’s important that people know how to engage in conversations like this,” he said.
Ironically, though, changing the name of social-justice advocates to something less offensive means the program’s first lesson for students is how to retreat from a conversation when the pressure’s on.
Make Orwellian excuses, Blame someone else for it when it goes haywire…Sounds like a Liberal idea alright…