Friday Reading List. 07/04/2023.

Bryn, Levy. “University of Saskatchewan med school unveils report on equity, diversity, and inclusion,” Saskatoon Star Phoenix, March 30, 2023,, accessed April 7, 2023.

  • “Smith said he found many of the comments collected in the report “distressing,” and noted supports have been offered to people in the college community who may read it.”

Conza, Sabrina and Amanda Nordstrom. “OUTRAGEOUS: SFSU student shout down Riley Gains and accost her after event,” FIRE (The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression), April 7, 2023,, accessed April 7, 2023.

  • “To be clear, the heckler’s veto — substantial disruption of expressive events — is not protected speech. “

EVENT, Research. “Creating Inclusive Excellence in Research through Inclusive Leadership,” University of Waterloo,, accessed April 7, 2023.

  • April 13, 2023.

Huddle, T.S. Against the Turn to Critical Race Theory and “Anti-racism” in Academic Medicine. HEC Forum (2022). Accessed March 17, 2023.

  • I haven’t read this paper yet.
  • Abstract. Medical academics are increasingly bringing critical race theory (CRT) or its corollaries to their discourse, to their curricula, and to their analyses of health and medical treatment disparities. The author argues that this is an error. The author considers the history of CRT, its claims, and its current presence in the medical literature. He contends that CRT is inimical to usual academic modes of inquiry and has obscured rather than aided the analysis of social and medical treatment disparities. Remedies for racism suggested by CRT advocates will not work and some of them will make things worse. Academic medicine should avoid the embrace of CRT and should maintain an allegiance to rigorous empirical inquiry and to treating patients not as essentialized ethnic group members but as individual human beings in need of care.

Jussim, Lee. “The Great DEI Debate,” Unsafe Science, Substack, April 3, 2023,, accessed April 7, 2023.

  • Transcript of the following debate:
  • “The key question: Are the new mandatory DEI statements required by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) as a condition of presenting scientific research at their conference net beneficial or net harmful? Speaking in favor of net beneficial: Anne Wilson, professor at Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada) and a strong advocate for both social justice and academic freedom. I know some of you think this is not possible, but keep this in mind: If she wasn’t also an advocate for academic freedoms she would not have participated in this debate or even attended the SOIBS conference.  You can find out more about her here. Speaking in favor of net harmful: Me. [Lee Jussim]

Kelland, Ariana. “Vianne Timmons removed as president of Memorial University,” CBC News, April 6, 2023,, accessed April 7, 2023.

  • Identity versus Ancestry In response to the move, the Innu Nation issued a press release Thursday afternoon, saying that while Timmons’s removal ‘closes the door on the issues surrounding Dr. Timmons herself, larger policy issues about research funding, diversity, equity and participation of Indigenous peoples at MUN still need to be addressed.’__ ‘This includes the need for a process to address the growing problem of people and groups who wrongly claim to be Indigenous and how. It is clear that MUN can no longer sit on the sidelines on this issue and must, like other academic institutions in Canada, take proactive steps to address this problem.'”

Marinovic, Iván and John Ellis. “DEI Meets East Germany: U.S. Universities Urge Students to Report One Another for Bias,” Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Opinion, April 6, 2023,, accessed April 7, 2023.

  • “According to a recent study by the free-speech watchdog organization Speech First, 56% of American universities have adopted schemes that encourage students to report on one another anonymously for ‘bias’ or ‘protected identity harm.'”
  • Bibliographer’s note. This reporting is also being encouraged in Canada. Example: INSIGHT Form. “Harassment, Discrimination, and Bias/Hate Incident Anonymous Submission Form,” Human Rights Advisory Services, Queen’s University,, accessed April 6, 2023. 
    • Reportable behaviours include: “Microaggressions”; “Offensive jokes and/or teasing based on protected group status (e.g., gender, race, sex, etc.)” ; “Systemic”; and “Other Behaviour”.

National Post View. “National Post view: What are universities for?”National Post, March 23, 2015,, accessed April 7, 2023.

  • There is no such thing as “mental safety” on university campuses — or if there is, then the university is failing wretchedly in its primary role.

Sylvester, Ching-Yune C., et al. “The promise of diversity statements: Insights and a framework developed from faculty applications.” NCID Currents 1.1 (2019),;rgn=main, accessed April 7, 2023.

  • “Finally, academic administrators can use this type of framework to revise and establish review structures for their current faculty around DEI contributions, e.g., in annual reporting, tenure and promotion reviews. If institutions assert that DEI is central to their university mission and are moving toward selecting faculty in part based on the expectation that they will support institutional efforts to bring about DEI, then institutions should also be prepared to evaluate and reward faculty for work done in these areas.”

Forsythe, Dr. Laura. Introduction to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Teaching and Learning,”, accessed April 4, 2023.

  • Created for post-secondary teachers in Manitoba, this training aims to enhance the understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the post-secondary teaching context and provide strategies and teaching techniques for advancing EDI in teaching and learning.
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