MIT ends DEI statements for hiring faculty

by ian

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has become the first elite private university to end its use of diversity statements for faculty hiring decisions.

Remarkably, the abrupt departure from the practice appears to be due to internal reform. President Sally Kornbluth handed down the decision with strong support from top administrators. She later told a journalist that “compelled statements impinge on freedom of expression, and they don’t work.”

Critics have argued for over a decade that diversity, equity and inclusion statements allow universities to illegally screen professors for viewpoint differences. Until now, pushback against the practice has only succeeded at public universities in conservative states.

Last month, a Harvard Law professor noted growing academic resentment toward DEI statements at the Ivy League school.