Gender quotas on college panels?

College imposes gender quotas on conference panels to prevent ‘sausage fests’Why not race and class quotas too?

In an effort to enforce diversity and inclusion, George Washington University’s international affairs school will no longer permit any “multi-speaker event” that does not meet a female quota, even if attempts are made to ensure women participate.

“For any panel, symposium, or multi-speaker event (3 or more speakers) held at the Elliott School, there should be no single-gender discussion panels,” Elliott School Dean Reuben Brigety wrote in an email to faculty and staff.

“If a panel consists of a single-gender [sic], please ensure that the moderator is of a different gender,” said Brigety (below), adding: “Non-adherence to this policy could result in cancellation of the event.” Its stated effective date was July 1.

The directive has outraged one professor who, despite not teaching in the Elliott School, is considering making a formal complaint to the university, alleging the gender quota violates universitywide policies and gives short shrift to other marginalized groups.

Flies in the face of academic freedom’

The College Fix obtained Brigety’s message from GWU Law Prof. John Banzhaf, who explained his disdain for the policy – which he deems is designed to ban “sausage fests” – even though it doesn’t affect the law school.

GWU’s Policy on Equal Opportunity states that the university “does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on any basis prohibited by federal law, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, or other applicable law, including without limitation, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.”

It covers “all programs, services, policies, and procedures” at GWU.

“The equal opportunities policy also refers to discrimination based upon factors such as race and national origin,” Banzhaf (below) told The Fix in an email:

Read the rest at: Academic Freedom

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