and I might shift my blog to substack
From the AEI (James D. Paul and Robert Maranto),
Across all 999 jobs, we find that 19 percent require diversity statements, while 68 percent include the terms “diversity” or “diverse” in some fashion, often as a way of describing the university environment. Job postings from elite colleges and universities, which comprised 28 percent of the job postings in our sample, are 21 percentage points more likely to require DEI statements and 13 percentage points more likely to reference diversity
Imagine if these institutions of higher education were to require a “Christianity statement.”
By the way, this post is an experiment. I am considering moving my blog to substack. What that would mean for people who subscribe to substack and are not familiar with my blog is that you would start seeing daily posts from me. I like to post once a day, usually scheduling posts a week in advance or more. One of my goals is to stay out of short-term kerfluffles.
If you don’t like having to wade through the blog posts and wish that I would keep them separate, leave a comment to that effect.
Speaking of comments, another of my goals is to maintain civil discussion there. I will tolerate a wide range of viewpoints, but I try my best to stamp out flame wars. A good rule is to comment on ideas, not on the person.
Here is a challenge from a Substack skeptic (recommended by one of the commenters on my blog, of course)
But how often have you gone back to read an old edition of your favorite newsletter? Why bother when you’ll have a new one tomorrow? Has anything you’ve read recently stuck with you?
As a writer, my goal is to play a long game. People come back to me with quotes from posts from many years ago, which I find much more rewarding than any popularity metric. So if there is some sort of intrinsic push toward short-termism on substack, I’ll either have to overcome it or go back to the blog. The blog will always be on my site, waiting for me, if need be.
I prefer Substack.
(a) One-click from the main menu bar. With one browser bookmark to Substack I get a focused list of several writers I follow closely. My regular blog bookmarks have grown to over 200 so they are buried in subfolders and don't get read as much.
(b) Paying increases my caring. I use Substack to follow writers I often disagree with, but who best present the views that challenge my thinking. Once I've paid, I'm compelled to read their work to get my money's worth.
(c) Substack has a culture (so far) of respect. Too often in the wild blogosphere I find myself being randomly insulted by writers and their commenters. That is tiring, and an indication that I'm reading the wrong writers. Substack is a way of curating the tone of what I read.
(d) I use Substack as a 'subscription portfolio' management tool. I have a budget for [#] subscriptions, that I spread across Substack and two similar platforms. Occasionally I splurge for an outsider - like a Monday night seminar! - but I'm trying to bring discipline to my online life.
As for the substance of your post about DEI statements, there is a cottage industry of folks who advise academics how to write such statements for their job applications. See, for example, https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2016/06/10/how-write-effective-diversity-statement-essay