Letter: TRU should give everyone a chance


Re: Carey Derkesen’s letter of Jan 23 (‘City should back TRU’s growth’):

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I wish to express a counter-opinion. During the past few years, I have noted Thompson Rivers University’s lamentable hiring practices.

I find it difficult to support TRU when it has such practices.

Note this statement at the end of every job posting I have read recently: “Diversity and Inclusion Commitment: Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community.

“We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship, including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.”

Note the bit about further diversification being given priority.

Where is that coming from?

Well, from the chances that a, say, 58-year-old white heterosexual male (me, if you are wondering) or others similar to me would have.

Never mind that I have a lot of experience and graduated top of my class at TRU. I no longer feel I can get a fair shake from my own alma mater.

I would much rather that TRU had a stated commitment to getting the best people it can.

I had some excellent instructors at TRU. Some were white, some were not. Some were male, some were female, etc.

I think that all candidates should have a fair chance.

When TRU goes fair, I would be more comfortable about giving them further influence.

Gene Wirchenko

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