Sadly, the diversity in action is wildly missing when it comes to diversity of thought. The percentage of liberals teaching or administering at most leading universities can be up to ninety percent or more, hardly evidence of diversity.
You may argue that this is because no conservative wants a career in positions such as theater, women's literature, and queer studies but couldn't the universities at least invite conservatives to speak at graduations? In the interest of diversity, we should expect at least half of the commencement speakers to be conservatives, right?
Here is a list of commencement speakers at the leading U.S. universities for 2014, 2015, and 2016. Liberals in blue, conservatives in red.
Ivy League Schools
Brown University - Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian Kevin Grover (2016), Former San Francisco State University President Robert Corrigan (2015) / Writer Isabel Wilkerson, a former NY Times bureau chief and expert on black migration (2014)
Columbia University - The New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet (2016), Democrat Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (2015), Actor and Screenwriter Dan Futterman (2014)
Cornell University - Actor James Franco (2016), Former Democrat congresswoman Gabby Giffords (2015), Actor Ed Helm, known for The Office and Hangover. (2014)
Dartmouth College - Liberian human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee (2016), Sometimes conservative New York Times Columnist David Brooks (2015/) / TV Producer Sonda Rhimes, known for Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and President Barack Obama appointed her to serve as a trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts appointed by Barack Obama (2014)
Harvard University - Liberal filmmaker Stephen Spielberg (2016), Liberal former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (2015) / Liberal former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (2014)
Princeton University - Liberal novelist Jodi Picoult (2016), Liberal Director Christopher Nolan (2015) / Former Vice President Al Gore the climate change prophet (2014)
University of Pennsylvania - Hamilton playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda (2016), Samantha Powers, US Ambassador to the United Nations (2015), Singer John Legend, known for supporting Earth Institute's sustainable development and AIDS Service Center NYC (2014)
Yale University - Samantha Powers, US Ambassador to the United Nations (2016), Vice President Joe Biden (2015), Democrat Secretary of State John Kerry (2014)
Other Top Line Schools
Duke University - Mike Krzyzewki, basketball coach (2106), Paul Farmer, CEO, Partners in Health, social justice champion (2015), General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2014)
John Hopkins University - Liberal filmmaker Spike Lee (2016), Pixar President Ed Catmull, Democrat contributor (2015), YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Democratic fund raiser (2014)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Liberal actor Matt Damon (2016), Megan Smith, CTO of United States appointed by Barack Obama (2015), Dupont CEO Ellen Kullman, 61% of political donations made to Democrats (2014)
Northwestern University - Liberal talk show host Seth Meyers (2016), alumni IBM CEO Virginia Rometty (2015), Conductor Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2014)
Stanford University - Liberal filmmaker Ken Burns (2016), Liberal NBC News correspondent Richard Engel (2015) / Liberal philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates (2014)
Tufts University - Liberal comedian Hank Azaria (2016), Madeleine Albright, Bill Clinton's Secretary of State (2015), Anne Marie Slaughter, former Democrat State Department official (2014)
University of California Berkeley - Facebook exec and Hillary supporter Sheryl Sandberg (2016), Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, regular Democrat campaign contributor (2015), Democrat Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (2014)
University of Southern California - Oracle Corporation Founder Larry Ellison (2016), Chicago investment fund president and big Democrat campaign donor Mellody Hobson (2015), Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, regular Democrat campaign contributor (2014)
University of Notre Dame - Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner (2016), BBC Chairman Chris Patten, former Conservative member of Parliament (2014 rescheduled to 2015 due to health reasons)
University of Rochester - Actor Erica Fee (2016), Education strategist Deborah Bial (founder and president of The Posse Foundation) (2015), Liberal CNN commentator Chris Matthews (2014)
Wake Forest University - Interfaith Youth Core found and Barack Obama appointee Eboo Patel (2016), Stephen Colbert, Comedian (2015), Jill Abramson, executive editor, New York Times (2014)
Williams and Mary - US Women's Soccer Coach Jill Ellis (2016), Condoleezza Rice, Bush Secretary of State (2015), Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry (2014)
So, out of 20 top schools, only six conservative speakers in the past three years were invited to speak to graduates, only one if you focus on Ivy League schools.
Where is the diversity?
Not at our most prestigious universities.
Liberals seek a diversity of gender, sexual orientation, or skin color, but the last thing they want is a diversity of thinking.
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