Applicants told to not reveal what colleges they attended, in order to promote ‘equity’

Applicants told to not reveal what colleges they attended, in order to promote ‘equity’

The New York Post reports that companies including HR&A Advisors are asking job applicants, in the name of “equity,” to keep their colleges off resumes. Instead, resumes should only name the degrees earned.  “A quick spin through a few other HR&A job postings confirmed that this policy extends company-wide as part of their ‘ongoing work to build a hiring system that is free from bias'” in favor of certain applicants.

“In the name of ‘equity,’ companies are now ignoring educational achievement,” The Post says:

Today, at least two-thirds of higher education institutions, including Harvard and Stanford, don’t require the SAT for admission. The American Bar Association recently announced it will drop the LSAT as an admissions requirement for law school. And now, some are calling for the prestigious MCAT to be scrapped as the gold standard for medical school admissions — all in the name of racial equity.

Now, the latest standard on the chopping block are colleges themselves, as a recent job posting for a director position demonstrates.

A LinkedIn posting by HR&A Advisors, the TriBeCa-based real estate consultancy, asked applicants for the $121,668- to $138,432-a-year position to remove “all undergraduate and graduate school name references” from their résumés and only cite the degree itself.”

At a time when equity and inclusion policies have become corporate must-haves, efforts to ignore educational bona fides for new hires are hardly surprising. After all, as colleges and even the military (which no longer requires a high school diploma) drop the most basic entry requirements, why shouldn’t the private sector follow suit?

Tahmineh Dehbozorgi, a law student at George Washington University, went on Fox & Friends to explain how the attack on educational credentials is an attack on merit.

“As an Iranian immigrant I always fall into the white caucasian group and that creates a lot of issues for groups like me that want to compete for law school admission,” said Dehbozorgi. “However some objective method like the LSAT score allows many individuals coming from an immigrant background to overcome DEI bias.”

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