Stanford Employees File Complaints About Hostility in Diversity Program
Two Jewish mental health specialists at Stanford University’s Counseling and Psychological Services division have complained that the division’s diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) initiative has made their workplace unpleasant.
CAPS staff psychiatrist/clinical associate professor of psychiatry Ronald Albucher and Sheila Levin, a former clinical care manager and eating-disorder specialist, filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Equal Housing.
According to the allegations made public on Tuesday, Jewish employees were forced to attend the DEI program’s racially divided “whiteness accountability” affinity group. The group was formed for employees who have “so-called privilege through white identity,” are “white identified,” are “newly coping with or discovering their white identity,” or are “white presenting and passing.” The DEI committee was also accused of endorsing the notion that Jews are linked to white supremacy, as well as propagating antisemitic tropes about Jewish power, conspiracy, and control, according to the accusations.
The program’s blind spot is that Jewish identity and anti-Jewish bigotry were completely excluded from the DEI agenda, according to Alyza D. Lewin, lead attorney for the complainants and president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and advancing Jewish people’s civil rights.
“The DEI program refused to address antisemitism on campus, and it also automatically placed Jewish personnel in a white affinity group that promoted the century-old antisemitic cliché about Jewish power, conspiracy, and control,” she continued.
This website requested comment from the university’s CAPS office, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
“As counselors, we passionately support diversity, equity, and inclusion and are disgusted that Stanford University has allowed the DEI program to be distorted so that it achieves precisely the reverse of its intended aims,” Albucher and Levin said in their complaint. The very initiative that is supposed to make it easier for all members of the Stanford community to feel included is now undercutting that purpose by perpetuating the discrimination that it is supposed to eliminate.”
“You have a program aimed at fostering anti-racism attitudes and ensuring that everyone is aware of bias issues. This is a condensed version of the information.