The University Of Arizona Guide For Snowflakes

If you plan to visit the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, you perhaps should read a new 20-page pamphlet produced by Jesús Treviño, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, so that you will be politically correct at all times. The pamphlet is entitled: “Diversity and Inclusiveness in the Classroom.” (Link) This is just one of the things Dr. Treviño does to earn his reported salary of $214,000 per year. (Source)

The pamphlet is introduced with this paragraph:

“With the increase in diversity at institutions of higher education, campus communities are now commonly comprised of individuals from many backgrounds and with diverse experiences as well as multiple and intersecting identities. In addition, many campus constituents have social identities that historically have been under-represented (e.g. Black/African Americans, Latinx/Chicanx/Hispanic [sic], Asian American/Pacific Islanders, Natives Americans, LBTQIA+ folks, international students and employees, people with diverse religious affiliations, veterans, non-traditional students, women, first-generation college students, and people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds). The University of Arizona does not differ from other institutions when it comes to diversity. Considering race and ethnicity alone, currently the UA has over 40% students of color. The multiplicity of the groups mentioned above form a valuable part of our student body.”

This pamphlet was produced for both students and faculty who may occasionally find themselves outside of “safe spaces” and be subjected to or commit a “microaggression.”

Major topics include:

  • Understanding Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
  • Tools/Exercises for Preparing Students To Interact in the Classroom
  • Guidelines for Classroom Discussions
  • Dialogue vs. Debate
  • Microaggressions in the Classroom

Among the sage advice given by this document is this: “Oops/ouch: If a student feels hurt or offended by another student’s comment, the hurt student can say ‘ouch.’ In acknowledgement, the student who made the hurtful comment says ‘oops.’ If necessary, there can be further dialogue about this exchange.”

By the way, the document defines “microaggressions” as: “the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.” Welcome to the real world.

This pamphlet is apparently for all students whose parents never taught them how to behave in civil society.

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20 Comments on "The University Of Arizona Guide For Snowflakes"

  1. Just got one question, does everyone get a participation ribbon in their admission packet? Ain’t it just grand to pay thousands of dollars for an education that won’t do a thing for you in the real world? Plus the taxpayers are getting soaked for supporting crap like safe spaces and microagression. What have we become?? Helicopter taxpayers? Guess so.

  2. The author forgot to address the issue of what someone should do if someone looks at them “crossways” or giving them a dirty look. Maybe they should have therapy classes for the po’ lil’ snowflakes.

  3. Working Man Blues | March 19, 2017 at 6:26 am | Reply

    As an alumni I am embarrassed the UofA as turned into a candy a$$ school. None of my kids will be attending. Guess there are enough snowflakes from California to keep the doors open?

  4. Wouldn’t it just be easier to not allow any white men to attend?

    • Jerome R Petruk | March 19, 2017 at 9:21 am | Reply

      My white son is a student at U of A. His dorm roommate is an Iranian national who will go unnamed. That young man is smart, polite, but opinionated. He obviously comes from a well off family, but lives very modestly. He abhors the Islamic State that runs his country. So you might be saying “What’s your point?”. Simply, my son benefits from his experience and friendship with this foreigner.

  5. We had a UA intern last year who commented on how diverse our small office is…a mix of male and female European-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Mexican national and naturalized Mexican, Native Americans, Indian nationals, and a naturalized South American. All our non-US citizen workforce followed the requirements of the immigration system to work here legally. I told the intern we hire solely based on experience relative to the technical needs at the time, educational background, and fit of that person’s background with the other specialists in the office—not based on gender, race, religion, cultural identity, or national origin. The diversity was by happenstance, not by design.

  6. A throat punch and a dozen kicks to the kidneys would be the appropriate response to “Ouch”.

  7. Listen to a Mom | March 19, 2017 at 1:46 pm | Reply

    And while these diversity “guidelines” were created, AZ Board of Regents vocally opposed and worked to defeat a Bill by Senator Allen to cap and put limits of fee increases and give students a 4 year tuition guarantee. Imagine that? ABOR wants to keep their blank check.

    Just this week UA proposed to increase tuition and fees 3.2% for in state students and 7.2% for out of state students. To pay for the stadium upgrade, UA seeks $100 from each undergrad and for that fee students can go to any athletic events free of charge so long as it isn’t Men’s Basketball or Football! Grad students can opt in to pay $50, but if they don’t, they can’t attend athletic events for free.

    What does it matter to ABOR, while they push students out or push them towards unlimited student loans to pay for excesses on campus? They hit students were it really hurts–their pocketbook all the while politely protecting their feelings.

    More and more it seems those in education forget what their job requirements are, where they start, and where they end.

    UA/ASU/NAU exist by virtue of serving students’ higher education needs. Delving into values, attitudes, and beliefs by self anointed provosts/admins is as misplaced as their hefty salaries.

    Look at the list of “microaggressions” and tell me none of us reading this story has never experienced any of them regardless of your skin color, your race, family background, religion, or gender. It has been many years since I was a UA student and I personally experienced what I consider rude behavior that is now labeled “aggression” by this 20 page document.

    Whom does this list serve? Job security for the guy that wrote it.

    The author is right, parents are the ones responsible to teach their children how to behave in society. I’m sure the majority of parents do their very best to instill the Golden Rule towards others. If kids don’t learn it in the sandbox, or the playground, they will find out quickly in the real world, rude behavior doesn’t fly on the job. Sometimes life lessons are learned the hard way; but, creating a list where people are guilty by virtue of a thought, a glance, or unkind word is above and beyond what is reasonable.

    I am embarrassed by UA’s acceptance of this as an alum and as an AZ taxpayer!

  8. Wendy Werpetinski | March 19, 2017 at 2:15 pm | Reply

    I am so glad that there are places for people to relax and be able to focus on learning. Thank you U of AZ! We need young people to have legit safe places to study and prepare to be our future!

    • Got a hot tip for you Wendy. With kids like this so fragile there is no future. They will be afraid to go into the real world where there are no safe spaces and you EARN what you get. For many of the snowflakes they have earned NOTHING in their life. They have been given anything they want and also have been told just follow your dream and it will work out. Well, Wendy, it doesn’t work like that today when its dog eat dog for a job to make a living. If you aren’t willing to put in the effort, you will get no return. These kids don’t have a clue and your attitude will just make it worse. Let me ask a question. Have you ever been insulted? I have and I simply consider the source and move on. Why don’t you. I don’t need a safe space, perhaps you need the basement.

    • Wendy, If you need a safe space now, you are certainly going to have a rough time when you finally get out into the real world. Tip: No one gives a crap about your wittle hurt feelings. Time to grow up.

  9. Learning? Surely, Wendy, you jest.

  10. The University of Arizona is TOP HEAVY and the “snowflakes” that shell out the cash to attend and get the short end every time. How do I know? Graduated from there and Retired from there too! I know the inner workings and don’t send my kids there. I youngest did attend and was on the Deans List until the University screwed her on her major. That was that, so she left the University of greed and leftist cramp. Bear Down!

  11. What is the “awaiting moderation” stuff? I hope ADI is not getting pansy assed as all other media! Grow a Pair and know the truth is out there!

  12. Mike d and anyone else who has no patience. Last week we had a problem with the SPAM filter we were using and are working out the kinks with the new one. Hopefully your pair is ok we are fine with ours.

  13. well – don’t eat the yellow snow – if your one that can’t learn from read’n the book – try pissing on the electric fence see if you get the idea. Ouch! So what do they do with the violators drop them from school? Who’s the ‘enforcer’ is mommy now attending? Or is everyone simply wearing a body camera now as mandatory tracking wear?

    Thinking back to PIMA COLLEGE (the other brand) they built the school with hall ways and pathways that were in themselves barriers to demonstration – social architectural enhancement of another type… no safe zones.

  14. Ouch/oops is thought control right out of 1984 and Mao’s Little Red Book. Are there ANY elected Arizona officials standing up for freedom of speech in our Universities because there is definitely no one on the Az board of Regents doing so?

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