What Linda Brady didn’t say in her speech is that these offices of “Inclusion” are driving up the cost of higher education. And that’s preventing a lot of working class folks from going to school to improve their lives. Referring to an office that excludes as an office of “inclusion” is, well, Orwellian. It’s like calling the Secretary of War the “Minister of Peace.”
Enter Erskine Bowles – former member of the Clinton Administration and now UNC system president. In an email sent this semester - by Bowles to all 17 UNC university chancellors, including Brady – he said the following: “We have discussed the need to pare administrative costs REPEATEDLY at Chancellor’s meetings.”
Bowles continued, saying this: “And we have made it crystal clear that any further delay in reducing senior and middle management positions would jeopardize our credibility and standing with the General Assembly and the taxpayers of North Carolina.”
Finally, Bowles threatened all 17 chancellors with this: “Hear me loud and clear, we will be looking for PROOF that you have focused FIRST on administrative reductions and solid evidence that you have taken steps to shore up your core academic services.”
And so we have an interesting conflict brewing. Linda Brady believes that no matter how bad things get, financially speaking, the North Carolina taxpayers still have to continue to fund new expansive initiatives whenever terms like “equity”, “diversity” and “inclusion” are invoked. There is no evidence that Brady will be deterred by Bowles’ non-specific threats.
And don’t count on a specific order from Bowles to Brady halting this new effort at “inclusion.” Erskine Bowles is principled for a Democrat. But he’s still a Democrat.
UNCG students and alums are furious at Brady for her efforts to create new diversity initiatives in the midst of such economic turmoil. And there’s only one thing they can do. They must contact Linda Brady and remind her that she is a public servant who works for the people.
I’m going to write Linda Brady right now and argue that there will never be true equity in this county. Unless, of course, the government keeps on spending until we all have nothing.