The Legitimacy Crisis of the Ivy League

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Meritocracy, in its simultaneous immeasurability and ubiquity, has also come to justify social inequalities that ought to be attributed to structural issues.

Mary Cardaras, Heritage and the Greek Diaspora

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To young people, certainly from the United States where I teach, and the young people in Greece, I try to instill in them this message: you have so much power, you don’t know how much power you have, but you can’t sit back and waste it.

Updating Our Diversity Paradigm

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Over the past few decades, academic institutions have strived to create more diverse student bodies. While certainly a commendable aim, many of these efforts have not been motivated not by genuine concern for social progress, but rather by the need to improve optics in our increasingly dogmatic political climate. To achieve diversity and the social prestige that comes along with it, institutions of higher education have devalued the principles of merit, racial equality, and freedom of expression. In its ideal form, diversity enriches life experiences and can drive the advancement of technology. But current initiatives to increase diversity are unsustainable and dangerous when they cast aside common sets of principles that are essential for creating healthy multicultural communities. 

Are Administrators Unqualified?

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In stories like Milane’s, it’s easy to blame college administrators. Universities employ administrators in disability services specifically to provide accommodations to students like Milane. Other student-facing administrators, such as deans and university presidents, influence the college experience on every level through the writing and implementation of policy.