Time to Ask Your Legislators to Protect Free Speech in the UNH System - Granite Grok

Time to Ask Your Legislators to Protect Free Speech in the UNH System

militant-snowflakeThe recently released UNH Interim Report Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate is not about the weather, but it does involve snowflakes.

Let me drop one on your tongue so you can get a taste.

“UNH must develop a sustainable inclusive campus climate and make diversity and inclusion integral to a 21st-century education where we are committed to each of our students becoming good global citizens.”

Here’s another one.

“As UNH continues to move away from the mindset of diversity as ‘add on,’ we are developing the understanding that diversity and inclusion are critical threads woven consistently throughout the entire fabric of UNH. By doing so we ensure that diversity/inclusive excellence and pluralism are valued and presented as institutional priorities that will be addressed in all aspects of the life of the University,”

Legislative service request season is upon us. Your legislators are proposing bills as you read this. Now is the time to take steps to protect students right to free speech and association on campus before this gets fully implemented.

And we need to make sure it has some teeth.

Any college or university in New Hampshire that creates or by its culture imposes free speech zones or the intimidation of open dialogue–even if it includes scary words like Handicapped, American, him, or her–should be cut off from all state public funding. Period.

Feel free to mention the first amendment to the constitution.

And be sure to scroll through the extensive list of resources at the end being (no doubt) backstopped by public money so that the next time UNH threatens to hike tuition you can tell them to cut some administrative overhead from their diversity and inclusive excellence spending. Programs that will inevitably reduce enrollment by exposing the nation and parents to the sort of nonsense that is costing Keene State, Evergreen, Mizzou, and others millions in shortfalls.

An inevitable downfall as this report is a full-blown commitment by UNH to go all-in on the very thing that is bringing those other colleges to their fiscal knees.

This report will probably be THE topic of discussion tomorrow in my segment with Rich Girard. Be sure to tune in.

Interim Report Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate