Thursday, May 15, 2014

Missive From Provost: More Gay Indoctrination For Students, More Reeducation?

An e-mail to all Marquette faculty: You can read the whole thing here, and it’s mostly boring stuff. But some parts stand out as potentially dangerous:

But first, some boring introductory things.
May 12, 2014

Dear colleagues:

As we wrap up finals week and another academic year, I wanted to share some updates related to academic life at Marquette. We are poised to begin a new chapter with President-elect Lovell, who attended the University Academic Senate meeting earlier this week. President-elect Lovell brings a new sense of energy and enthusiasm to our collective pursuit of academic excellence, and is looking forward to working closely with UAS and the academy. Many of us in the room were moved by his remarks at the meeting and his collaborative philosophy, which he said is based on the African proverb: “We can go fast alone or we can go far together.”

Shedding more light on this year’s major milestone for the university – our successful reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission – the HLC report brief is now available and it documents the review team’s high regard for education at Marquette. Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Gary Meyer, vice provost for undergraduate programs and teaching; the more than 200 members of our campus community who served on committees and volunteered their time and talents during the past two years; and the more than 500 faculty, staff and students who met with the HLC site team while they were on campus; Marquette is reaccredited through 2023-24.
But then we get to the politically correct stuff:
The one area that the HLC visit team recommended for improvement is “operationalizing our commitment to diversity.” To help us make strides toward that goal, Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion, has accepted my invitation to lead the development of a campus-wide diversity plan. Components of this plan will include a campus wide climate study conducted during the 2014-15 academic year; a new, anonymous bias incident reporting and response system for students; and enhanced student education on diversity beginning in fall 2014 and administered by the Division of Student Affairs. This will be a campus-wide effort, and I’ll be calling on many of you to help lead this important initiative, which is also a key objective under the strategic theme “Formation of the Mind and the Heart” in our Beyond Boundaries strategic plan.
Of course, a “campus wide climate study” is going to be a survey to see whether students harbor any politically incorrect attitudes about any politically correct group. Gay and lesbian students will be asked to report instances where anybody let on that they think that homosexuality is not a normal condition, or that homosexual acts are sinful or immoral.

In other words, any instances where some student might let slip that they accept Catholic teaching on homosexuality. That can’t be allowed at a modern Catholic university.

And of course, student activists can be counted on to seize on even the most trivial slight or “micro aggression” to make into a grievance. That’s what the grievance mongers do.

Likewise, if a student lets on that they think that problems in the black community are not the result or white racism, of if a white student fails to “own” his or her “white privilege,” that will count as an example of a “hostile” and “non-inclusive” climate.

Admittedly, by the time they come to Marquette, most students have either been indoctrinated into the politically correct way of viewing these issues, or at least gotten they message that they better keep quiet about their views. But there might be a few hold-outs who are bold enough to speak out. Reeducation is what they will likely face.
Another inclusivity effort initiated this year, the Action Group on Campus Conversations on Gender and Sexuality, has met throughout the spring semester to discuss how to improve dialogue on campus related to issues of gender and sexuality and our Catholic, Jesuit mission. That group is organizing campus forums this fall for faculty, staff and students to share their thoughts, and I urge all of you to participate in these meaningful discussions.
Such discussions, of course, will be dominated by secular politically correct types (as all previous such discussions have been) and will doubtless reach a consensus that Marquette should adopt the entire agenda of the campus gay lobby and the campus feminists.
Finally, I want to thank you for your support this year. Serving in dual roles has been eye-opening, demanding and rewarding – sometimes all at once. I appreciate your kind words, prayers and constructive feedback, and look forward to continuing our work this summer and fall until the search for a permanent provost is completed.

Marquette blessings,

Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan
Interim Provost, Marquette University
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
But will this be much of a change from what students already face? Not necessarily.

In the first place, students already face a good bit of indoctrination and reeducation, at Freshman Orientation, for example.

But secondly, this may turn into an example of what journalist Charles Peters famously said is a key motto of bureaucracy: “Make believe equals survival.” Thus, an accrediting agency goes through the motions of demanding more “diversity” and a more “inclusive” climate — meaning a climate more friendly to politically correct groups, but also more hostile to non-conforming students. Marquette bureaucrats then go through the motions of implementing “programs” to promote “diversity” — those programs being a great excuse for meetings and reports, and a good way to keep bureaucrats in places like the Provost’s office and Student Affairs busy.

But given the increasing intolerance that marks Marquette (as it marks most U.S. universities) one can’t dismiss the likelihood of real persecution of the few students who hold (and are bold enough to express) independent views.

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5 Comments:

Blogger KeynesianPacker said...

You have no clue what the experience of gay students at Marquette is like. One of my best friends at Marquette was gay and he never dealt with students telling him they morally oppose homosexuality based on the Church's teachings, but he did get called a faggot and queer on a regular basis. Your never-ending quest to be an antagonistic culture warrior really knows no bounds. How you can oppose an effort to make students from diverse backgrounds feel more welcome on campus is beyond me.

11:08 PM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

How you can oppose an effort to make students from diverse backgrounds feel more welcome on campus is beyond me.

That's not what the agenda is. It's to impose a politically correct orthodoxy.

Will you admit that students who accept the Church's teaching on homosexuality should feel safe in expressing that view?

Did you friend ever call anybody a "homophobe?"

If so, he lacks standing to complain.

Will you admit that any program against bullying and abuse should equally protect students who accept the Church's teaching, and those who don't?

9:58 PM  
Blogger KeynesianPacker said...

Why do you constantly have to put words in people's mouths? Of course I believe that socially conservative students should be respected and have a right to their opinions. Nothing I said suggests otherwise. That said, I have to call you out on what is a ludicrous argument on your part. You claim that if my homosexual friend ever called somebody a homophobe he has no standing to complain about being called things like a "faggot." A bouncer at a campus bar once told him "his type" was not welcome and he turned the other cheek. Your analogy is ludicrous and honestly it makes you sound like a moron. If a black person calls somebody a racist does he or she "lack standing" to complain about being called the n-word? If a white guy from Alabama constantly attacks people who are socially liberal does he lack standing to ever feel persecuted? The extent of your "conservatives are under attack" victimhood complex is mind-boggling.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Goldenrush Apple said...

@ Keynesian Packer:

I'm not buying your friend's story. It seems like you're making it up due to you dismissing the contents and opinion in the given post.

>>Your never-ending quest to be an antagonistic culture warrior really knows no bounds.

In other words: "Leave me alone! Let the well-meaning people do what they do and stop being critical!"


>>How you can oppose an effort to make students from diverse backgrounds feel more welcome on campus is beyond me.

So one is suppose to consume the statements by the provost in whole. without question (because good intentions should never be questioned, especially when it comes to 'diversity'), even when the strategic theme is “Formation of the Mind and the Heart” while explicitly singling out the Gender & Sexuality campus group as one of great importance? Are you this DAFT on a good day?

2:35 AM  
Blogger Goldenrush Apple said...

Why do you constantly have to put words in people's mouths?

Your last post said people called your friend derogatory words w/o any proof, just assuming others to take your/his word. I think it's you that is putting words in people's mouth.

You claim that if my homosexual friend ever called somebody a homophobe he has no standing to complain about being called things like a "faggot."

I guess what the poster is saying is that your friend, in a way, committed a similar 'name calling' as the supposed offenders did to him. I don't think he's saying since they called such name he has no grounds to call them homophones.
If homophobe was dished out by him, what was the reason for it called for? The mentality goes that if anyone who does not agree with same-sex marriage or LGBT 'rights' is a homophobe or homophobic. I think the poster's question is more so of this concern.


A bouncer at a campus bar once told him "his type" was not welcome and he turned the other cheek.

This is rather amusing. So your homosexual friend is both called derogatory words on a regular basis AND is turned away from a club because he's gay. Is your friend some infamous person that everyone knows his face, name and sexual orientation? Talk about the v in Victim. Like I said before, I find your friends story hard to believe; in fact, I think you're lying about it.

How did the bouncer even know your friends "type"?

Your story about friend feels so fictitious that it's rather insulting because you're parading it as a major point.

If a black person calls somebody a racist does he or she "lack standing" to complain about being called the n-word?

Again, I think the poster is just saying if your friend called anyone a homophobe for not supporting any LGBT issues based on their religion is, then he has no [real] grounds to call them that.


If a white guy from Alabama constantly attacks people who are socially liberal does he lack standing to ever feel persecuted?

What? Your mind definitely works in cliches, 'boxes' and stereotypes. I find this immensely ironic. You're proposing a white male living in a southern state ostracizing social liberals -- I mean, that not at all cliche.

The extent of your "conservatives are under attack" victimhood complex is mind-boggling.

You neither prove that conservative are not under attack nor do you support anything you said. All you did - in almost every sentence - was wave the victim flag.

3:05 AM  

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