The College Fix: Princeton Pledge to Buy Less Stuff From Companies Owned by Straight White Guys

Princeton has a new adversary: straight white guys

The College Fix: Princeton Pledge to Buy Less Stuff From Companies Owned by Straight White Guys

Princeton has a new adversary: straight white guys

Princeton has a new adversary: straight white guys. “Princeton University has adopted a new policy whereby it will do less business with companies owned by straight white men” reports The College Fix. We are just wondering if the hundreds of thousands of straight white males who actually attended Princeton are exempt?

In a university press release, Princeton defined “diverse-owned businesses” as those that are at least 51% owned by minorities, women, veterans and members of the LGBTQ + community. The University is following a “Supplier Diversity Action Plan” which states changing toward “diverse-owned businesses” is “mutually beneficial” and “fosters competition” as well as “generates considerable value.”

Vice President for Finance at Princeton’s Office of Finance and Treasury states the “multi-year plan” efforts have already been underway, but “these actions not only strengthen the University but also the communities with whom we do business.”

The College Fix reports Princeton has increased spending on minority firms by over $46 million over the last five years, but “such businesses only account for nine percent of the university’s total purchases.”

Princeton’s Press Release states:

The plan does not dictate who should be hired, but rather gives guidance that departments and offices should use when hiring outside companies. [Director of Procurement Services Mohamed] Ela explained that University departments are required to engage in a competitive bid process for all purchases over $10,000, and competitive bids are recommended for purchases or contracts of lesser value.

“Obtaining competitive bids and proposals from multiple suppliers opens the door for prospective firms to register their interest and demonstrate their capability,” Ela said.
The Office of Finance and Treasury is hosting information sessions and trainings for University employees on how to encourage supplier diversity within their own departments. The office also is hiring a new supplier diversity manager to support these efforts on campus and to help build relationships with new business partners.

Deputy Chief Information Officer Carol Kondrach said expanding access and encouraging competition is key to making a significant impact on diversity, equity and inclusion. “In terms of Princeton’s institutional values and leadership, we also have an interest in working with businesses who are similarly committed to diversity and inclusion,” she added.


College Event says “Terrorism” is what “Trumpism” is at its Core

An event hosted by Berea College in Kentucky called “White Citizenship as Terrorism: Make America Great Again, Again” argues that supporting President Trump is “terrorism” at its core.

The event, which is co-sponsored by the college’s Women’s and Gender Non-Conforming Center and the Law, Ethics and Society Group, takes place on March 17.

According to the Federalist, a flyer of the event states: 

Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ appears to follow suit by offering a seemingly benign promise to return to America to a previously ‘great’ past. But the offer to ‘Make America Great Again, Again’ requires we refocus on how the last four years of daily tweets and administrative actions redefine whiteness. If terrorism is redefined as the use of violence and threats to create a state of fear toward particular communities and identities, then this is what ‘Trumpism’ is at its core.

The keynote address at the event will be given by Amy L. Brandzel, an assistant professor of women studies at the University of New Mexico, and the author of  “Against Citizenship: The Violence of the Normative.”

In her book, Brandzel says citizenship is a “violent dehumanizing mechanism” and that, “citizenship requires anti-intersectionality, that is, strategies that deny the mutuality and contingency of race, class, gender, sexuality and nation…”

For the full report, click HERE.

After NY Passes Recreational Marijuana, Colleges Increasing ‘Higher’ Education Courses

Higher education is taking the term quite literally

Higher education is taking the term quite literally. Since the passage of recreational use of marijuana in New York, its colleges and universities are taking the opportunity to add “new courses about cannabis to the syllabus to prepare students for jobs in the budding industry” reports the New York Post.

The courses are “not just offering tokin’ lessons on the history of week, either.” The New York Post reports, “Online Excelsior College is marketing new master’s degree courses in marijuana leading to a graduate certificate in ‘Cannabis Control,’ as well as expanding undergraduate classes.”

Dean of Excelsior’s graduate program Scott Dolan says students will learn about the complexities that the marijuana industry will have to operate in, including complying with numerous government regulations. Dolan also suggests accountants, lawyers, health professionals and people in the insurance industry would benefit from taking the course which will cover “social equity, environmental sustainability, corporate responsibility and public finance.”

The New York Post writes:

Weed is also turning into fertile ground for New York’s public university systems, whose colleges offer degrees in agriculture and law, biology, medicine and business.

Currently, 10 different SUNY campuses offer courses tied to the marijuana and hemp industries. The number of cannabis courses, certificate and training programs and degrees offered to students will “absolutely” increase to match students with new jobs in the emerging marijuana industry, said SUNY Chancellor James Malatras.

“Our mission is to provide access to students to meet workforce demands,” Malatras said in a Sunday interview.  “This is not a simple matter. This a seismic shift in the law,” added Malatras.



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