“Woke” culture has settled in at Williams College, where a science and technology symposium is now refusing to accept white scholars because they only want submissions from “historically underrepresented groups.” According to the application, those groups are considered to be “African Americans, Alaska Natives, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.”
The irony of this is two-fold:
First, the application includes the sentence “we aim to create an inclusive, intellectually enriching experience for all involved, including the visiting speakers and the faculty and students of Williams,” when they are literally excluding an entire race of people.
Second, at the very bottom of the application reads the Equal Employment Opportunity Statement “beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.”
Two lines above the EEO statement is a requirement to confirm “your self-identification as a member of a historically underrepresented group,” which seems suspiciously contradictory for a facility that claims to create an “inclusive community.”
Conservative, student-led news outlet The College Fix has repeatedly tried to contact Williams College Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Science and Technology Studies Laura Ephraim for a statement regarding this seemingly discriminatory event, but so far their efforts have not been returned.
In reading the description for the Science and Technology Studies program at Williams College, it’s hard to not notice several favorite Progressive liberal buzzwords like “critical dialogue” and how “culture” and “politics” are impacted by the practice.
“The Program in Science and Technology Studies (STS) aims to provide students with an interdisciplinary framework through which to appreciate the complex interactions between science, technology and society, and with which to analyze and understand the ways science and technology give shape to, and are in turn given shape by, society, culture and history,” read the website. ” The STS Program furthermore serves as a forum in which students from all divisions are invited to partake in critical dialogue on a range of pressing issues: scientific controversies, expert knowledge, innovation and sociohistorical transformation, politics and policy, media and communication infrastructure, public understanding of science and technology, and philosophical questions.”
The scholars chosen for this event will receive a “$500 honorarium” and will be guests of the college as they participate in a day-long presentation of papers. Basically, you can attend as long as you are a minority and your papers “offer new and significant insights into the imbrication of science and technology with society.”