Paul L. Caron

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Stephen Bainbridge's Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Statement

Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA), I Submit Herewith My "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" Statement For My Merit Raise at UCLAW:

BainbridgeAs regular readers know, I'm up for a merit raise at UCLAW this year and am now required to submit a statement of how I contribute to the University's goals in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I have just emailed the statement to the administration. It reads as follows:

Although I am aware and respectful of the many dimensions within which a university properly seeks a diverse faculty and student body, I have long been particularly concerned with the lack of intellectual diversity at the law school. ...

At UCLA, we know that the campus as a whole leans substantially to the left. ...

Because conservative students and students of faith often feel alienated and estranged in an environment that is so relentlessly liberal and secular, I have made particular efforts to reach out to and support such students. I have served as a mentor for leaders of The Federalist Society and Christian Law Students Association. I have given talks to both organizations. I taught a Perspectives on law and Lawyering seminar devoted to Catholic Social Thought and the Law, which gave students—whether Catholic or not—an opportunity to consider how their faith (or lack thereof) related to the law and an opportunity to learn about a coherent body of Christian scholarship that might inform their lives as lawyers. I have also tried to lead by example, such as by serving as a volunteer with the Good Shepherd Catholic Church’s St. Vincent de Paul chapter, which raises funds for distribution to poor persons who are in danger of losing their home due to inability to make rent or mortgage payments.

I'll let you know if I get the raise.

Rod Dreher (American Conservative), Professor Bainbridge, Hero Of Diversity

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Conservative law professors who’ve retired should consider applying to UCLA Law and suing when they’re (predictably) not hired.

Posted by: Anon | Jan 4, 2020 5:28:10 PM

THANK YOU! As the mother of two advanced degree daughters, I applaud your WSJ post on Diversity & Inclusion. Our Universities were (and still should be) places of open discussion, debate and learning of likenesses & differences. Many have fought to allow us to be heard. Liberal or conservative is not the only right. PLEASE allow both views to be dissected & discussed. GOOD LUCK on your RAISE!

Posted by: Rose-Ann Mazanek | Jan 3, 2020 11:14:32 AM

Oops! It was in yesterday's (1/2/2020) WSJ, not today's. Sorry for the mis-citation. The web link is correct.

Posted by: Michael L. Wyland | Jan 3, 2020 11:06:17 AM

Prof. Bainbridge's blog post was featured on the opinion page of today's (1/3/2020) Wall Street Journal:

Posted by: Michael L. Wyland | Jan 3, 2020 11:04:37 AM

The atmosphere at UCLA Law wasn't THAT totally one-sided when I was a student there during the 2000 presidential election. I recall that there were vigorous and open debates about the merits of the two leading candidates, Gore and Nader.
Not so much about the other guy, what's-his-name.

Posted by: steven sorell | Dec 30, 2019 12:26:55 PM