Why do US colleges implement diversity courses?

January 8, 2016

While many US colleges are implementing mandatory courses to promote diversity, questions remain on whether these courses are effective, writes the Chronicle of Higher Education. Common criticism of the courses often focuses on how they do not produce "real" results or how they allegedly politicize education by "promoting an ideology of social justice." But just as important for some critics is the fact that colleges almost never implement these courses except in response to student protests. "Very rarely are these diversity requirements born out of the goodness of the hearts of faculty who just want to do it because it’s the right thing to do," said Shaun R Harper, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Chronicle of Higher Education