Hiring Discrimination at Texas Tech? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/14/02

Hiring Discrimination at Texas Tech?

At Texas Tech on Thursday, a parade of protestors, roughly 120 students, shouting for equality in the hiring procedures of faculty and staff. "Today is the day, TTU, you are put on notice! We want diversity!," said third year law school student Adrienne Dunne.

Protestors say the university has repeatedly failed to live up to its own policies against discrimination. "The issue here is not that we don't have policies, but that the policies are not being fulfilled, and that in and of itself is discrimination as well," said Dunne.

"No one has come and told me that," said Tech President David Schmidly. He takes exception to being painted as discriminatory, and says he would have joined in the march had he not been in a meeting. "Actually, had I been here, I would have joined in with them. That's what a college campus is about."

Dr. Schmidly says diversity has always been a top priority in his administration. "I am very committed to diversity. I continue to be committed to diversity, and I will continue to work tirelessly to improve diversity on this campus," said Schmidly.

But protestors point to the current make-up of Tech staff as evidence of their claims. School wide, of the 1,188 faculty members, 992 are white. And of the 12 deans in the law school, all are white, and only two are women. Despite these numbers, Dr. Schmidly rebuts claims of bias.

"No, I don't think it points to discrimination, and I don't think that was done intentionally. I think it does point to the fact that we need to be more conscious of diversity as we appoint deans," said Schmidly.

A sentiment for a future of equality shared by the protestors.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:03 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:03:23 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:43 PM EDT2018-05-23 18:43:35 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortal...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortal...

    Author of more than 25 books,  Philip Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for "American Pastoral."

    Author of more than 25 books,  Philip Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for "American Pastoral."

  • Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

    Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:43:22 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:52 PM EDT2018-05-23 18:52:26 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - This March 6, 2018, file photo shows the Capitol in Washington. Several Democrats facing tough re-elections this fall are joining solid Republican backing of an effort to alter some key aspects of the Dodd-F...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - This March 6, 2018, file photo shows the Capitol in Washington. Several Democrats facing tough re-elections this fall are joining solid Republican backing of an effort to alter some key aspects of the Dodd-F...

    Trump is one step from checking off another campaign promise, an overhaul of the landmark Dodd-Frank bill that grew out of the 2008 financial collapse.

    Trump is one step from checking off another campaign promise, an overhaul of the landmark Dodd-Frank bill that grew out of the 2008 financial collapse.

  • FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

    FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:43:09 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:48 PM EDT2018-05-23 18:48:11 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger. (Source: FDA)The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger. (Source: FDA)

    The US Food and Drug Administration health is warning parents about the risks of teething remedies.

    The US Food and Drug Administration health is warning parents about the risks of teething remedies.

Powered by Frankly