Diversity. Do you really want it? In many of the diversity workshops I have attended, the facilitators assume that the answer is yes and set out to help the educational institution acquire more diversity. But given continuing fears and prejudices in our society, this is a mistaken, and perhaps premature assumption. Yet, when you are asked, as an educator or administrator, whether you want students of different races and colors, from varying socio-economic backgrounds, and with different perspectives, your response may be that "wanting" is irrelevant. You "need" diversity given our country's changing demographics, your institution's need to generate tuition revenues to support its educational missions, etc. But while you may "need" the benefits of diversity, do you really want it?
21 Law & Ineq. 415 (2003).