A group of deaf students at Ohlone College, a small school south of San Francisco, “have formed a group called ‘DDA’ — which stands for Deaf Dean Always” — and are organizing “a silent protest” to replace the retiring dean of deaf services with someone who is deaf, reports KNTV, Channel 11 (NBC) in the Bay Area.
Ohlone’s official response?
Dr. Jim Wright of Ohlone says if the school hired a dean based on being deaf, it would be a violation of affirmative action laws.
I wonder what “affirmative action laws” the good doctor refers to. And I also wonder if there might not be an exception, a loophole if you will, in whatever those law are that would allow, or even demand, naming a deaf dean in the name of diversity.