Diversity in Universities - A true one needed
By Autar Kaw

Letter to Editor
The Tampa Tribune
April 4, 2007
Webster's dictionary explains diversity as the condition of differing from one another.
In the several editorials written on diversity of university faculty in the commentary
section of Tampa Tribune of March 25, 2007, the authors meant well in defining their
view of diversity but eventually the discussion and data provided was limited to the
progress made in including African Americans, Hispanics, and females.

True diversity is begging us to address the gap between the rich and the poor. If
death and taxes are the greatest equalizers, poverty is the greatest discriminator; and
since we are predominantly Christian, we know that born into poverty is not by choice.

I can guarantee you that opportunities given to meritorious poor will create the most
diverse student and faculty in any university and erase the undeserving stigma that
one carries with the current equal opportunity policies.

May I suggest to the readers two well-written books on diversity: Yellow: Race in
America Beyond Black and White by Frank H. Wu and The Trouble with Diversity: How
We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality by Walter Michael. They make the
point better than I can ever do.

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