OXFORD, England (TND) — England's oldest university is facing harsh criticism over its proposal to require every academic appointee to be demonstrably committed to "EDI", or equality, diversity and inclusion.
Professors at the University of Oxford are reportedly "furious" a candidate's "woke score" could make or break an opportunity to teach at the school. Some of them spoke anonymously with The Telegraph.
If we are supposed to pay attention to their EDI - their woke score - does this mean it doesn't matter if they are useless at teaching and research?" one professor asked during an interview with The Telegraph. "Or do you now have to get a minimum woke score to get a job?
The proposal from the race equality task force at Oxford reportedly said it was "important to embed EDI" into "all recruitment".
"Good citizenship and/or commitment to EDI work" should be considered "essential criteria" for all applicants, the task force's proposal says, according to The Telegraph.
While the proposal says it is aimed at addressing "racial inequalities among staff", one professor at Oxford, speaking anonymously, reportedly shared his concerns with The Telegraph the proposal will "tease out" a candidate's views on diversity and thereby potentially weed them out of consideration.
So you are being interviewed for a job in alchemy, yet you have to go out your way to show you have tried to virtue signal - to an old codger like me it just seems crazy," the professor said. "Do you mark someone down because they haven’t jumped on the woke bandwagon?
Professors, students, and university staff were reportedly asked to weigh in on the proposal before the task force submits the suggested policy to Oxford's Council for approval.
"The race equality task force was established to advance racial equity across the collegiate University," says a university spokesman to The Telegraph. "After reviewing staff and student responses we will agree a detailed strategy by the end of the academic year."