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Princeton Dean: We Strive for All Political Viewpoints

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Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 11:10 AM

Princeton University is taking steps to make sure every political viewpoint can be expressed on campus — even if not "everyone walks away happy," the Ivy League school's Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs says.

"We are taking steps to ensure that Princeton is a community where students and faculty of all political stripes feel free — and in fact are encouraged — to express their opinions," Cecilia Rouse writes in a column published by the Princeton Alumni Review.

"At the Woodrow Wilson School, for example, we bring in speakers from across the ideological spectrum, we have faculty who have worked for both Democratic and Republican administrations, and we reach out to conservative and liberal organizations when recruiting applicants for our master's programs.

"We need to continue to take these and other steps as we strive to achieve true inclusivity.

"I want to be clear, however, that I am not advocating for a system where diverse decision-making is code for watering down debate in an effort to ensure that everyone walks away happy."

But, she adds, it is not a "license for giving weight to baseless, slanderous, or otherwise purely 'ad hominem' arguments.

"Rather, the goal is to reach decisions by doing the hard work — having difficult, labored discussions where evidence is gathered, assumptions are debated, and values are honestly and respectfully examined," Rouse writes.

"The better tuned, analyzed, and thoughtful decisions that result are worth the effort, even if not all parties are happy in the end. True diversity is not just about numbers or pretty pages in a view book. True diversity demands inclusion — not just having a seat at the table but also having an equal voice in the conversation.

"As Verna Myers, a noted diversity advocate, asserts: 'Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance." And I would add — true inclusion is being one of the people who has a say in what music is played."

In an article about Rouse's concerns, Tom Ciccotta, an education and social justice writer for the conservative news website Breitbart, points out that students surveyed in 2016 at Yale University "largely agreed that conservative viewpoints were 'unwelcome' on campus."

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Princeton University is taking steps to make sure every political viewpoint can be expressed on campus - even if not "everyone walks away happy," the Ivy League school's Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs says.
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