Diversity?

“An old, old, wooden ship…”

Institutions of higher ed love throwing this word around. To be exposed to “diversity” is to be educated. It’s as if the credibility of your degree is directly linked to the diversity of the incoming class.

But what do most schools mean by “diverse”?

Diversity of bodies or diversity of experiences? If an elite education is the key to social mobility, who loses out in the game of increasingly selective admissions? Affirmative action, athletic recruitment, “feeder” high schools — how do they write the rules to skew the odds?

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