Bizarre hiring practices prove how universities cease to be centers of knowledge and are now “social justice” indoctrination centers
02/15/2018 // Jayson Veley // Views

Over the past several years, we’ve seen America’s universities essentially turn into social justice training camps, where teaching about diversity is more important than U.S. history and making sure that all students have a safe space to turn to is more important than making sure they have the skills they need to be successful in “the real world.” It shouldn’t come as a surprise, therefore, that some schools are now hiring faculty members based solely on their commitment to social justice.

At San Diego State University, for instance, there is a substantial amount of evidence that points to the idea that the school’s new president was hired largely because of the fact that she headed a number of social justice departments during her time at the University of California-Davis.

In a recent article published in City Journal, Heather Mac Donald provides a long list of social justice departments that SDSU’s new president Adela de la Torre was a part of, the goal of which was to show how “the purpose of the university is no longer the pursuit of knowledge” but rather the bureaucracy of identity politics.

Some of these departments that Torre presided over at UC-Davis include:

  • The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center,
  • The Center for African Diaspora Student Success,
  • The Center for Chicanx and Latinx Student Success,
  • The Native American Academic Student Success Center,
  • The Middle Eastern/South Asian Student Affairs Office,
  • The Women’s Resources and Research Center,
  • Brighteon.TV

  • The Undocumented Student Center,
  • Retention Initiatives,
  • The Office of Educational Opportunity and Enrichment Services,
  • The Center for First-Generational Student Scholars.

In addition, de la Torre also provided counseling services and “healing spaces” in the weeks and months following the election of Donald Trump, and was also in charge of assuring students that UC-Davis welcomes students of all races, genders and backgrounds. It sure seems as though de la Torre was hired not necessarily because of her extensive background in academia, but because she is a far left social justice advocate. (Related: Feminists are now calling for science to be turned into a social justice propaganda machine.)

It is a pattern that we are seeing all across the country – social justice is starting to become more important than virtually anything else. Schools are hiring presidents, professors and faculty members not based on how well they can teach or how extensive their background is in academia, but on how committed they are to advancing the principles of social justice and liberalism. (Related: For more campus news, visit

Back in 2016, Southern Connecticut State University introduced its 12th president, Dr. Joe Bertolino. Just like with the hiring of Adela de la Torre, it seems as though SCSU made its decision to hire Bertolino based on his background in social justice, which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the fact that Connecticut is one of the most liberal states in the country.

“I’ve been a social justice educator for 25 years and it started with me being an openly gay man and talking about what it meant to be in the same gender relationship during a time where it was not particularly accepted,” Bertolino said according to Fox61.

Many students at SCSU explained at the time that they felt as though the hiring of Bertolino would encourage other homosexuals to come out from the shadows. “Especially the LGBT community on campus,” said SCSU senior Damian Barnes. “They’re very active. And they like to be known. And I think it’s amazing thing for the president that can help them out in any way.” (Related: Sorry, social justice warriors: political correctness has peaked.)

Is a strong commitment to social justice now the primary factor when schools are selecting new presidents and faculty members? It sure looks that way.

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