During Budget Crisis, University of California Creates New Position: "VC for EDI"
As Heather MacDonald documents at City Journal, the University of California, San Diego has created a new senior-level administrative position, the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. As MacDonald notes, the position is largely redundant, given the already-existing diversity infrastructure at UCSD. Despite that, the new position pays $250,000 a year, plus benefits, a relocation allowance, moving expenses, and a temporary housing allowance.
MacDonald raises an interesting question: What will the new vice chancellor actually do? This is a very relevant question given that there is no evidence that the UCSD faculty have discriminated against minorities or women in hiring decisions. The UCSD press office, in a marvelous display of bureaucratic-speak described the job duties as follows: It "will require creativity and innovation to establish the role and organizational structure to enable achievement of the campus' strategic diversity goals."
MacDonald notes that the similar position at UC Berkeley presides over a staff of 24 people. She estimates that the office for the new VC for EDI at UCSD will cost California taxpayers close to $1 million per year, not counting the salary of the VC for EDI.
Meanwhile, Governor Jerry Brown has asked California voters to approve an $8 billion tax increase in November. One justification, he argues, is that the tax increase will aid the University of California. Voters who are fully informed of the new VC for EDI position at UCSD, I suspect, will have a hard time voting for the increase.