A dean at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) said in a recent interview that she hired members specifically because they were black, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
Dr. Robin L. Hughes, dean of the SIUE School of Education, Health, and Human Behavior, hired several black candidates in what is described as a cluster hire, which specifically aims to hire multiple staff members of color, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The Supreme Court ruled in June to block race-based admissions in colleges and universities, which some worried may make cluster hires harder.
“I absolutely am,” Hughes said, in regard to whether she was hiring based on race or not, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
Objections to hiring solely based on race are common, Dr. Bridget Kelly, an associate professor and student affairs & diversity officer at the University of Maryland’s College of Education, told Diverse Issues in Higher Education. (Read more from “University Dean Says Flat-Out She’s Hiring People Purely Because of Their Race” HERE)
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