We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
By the mid-1980s engineering and science curricula began their sea-change. Programs were “softened” in order to admit minorities and women. “Outreach” efforts were begun. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs were funded to entice women, inner-city blacks and other minorities into disciplines like engineering and physics. Grant applications (to the National Science Foundation, for example) that once dealt only with engineering now had to address social concerns, outreach to minorities and women, and other issues with which engineers were wholly unfamiliar. Current NSF proposals require a minimum of 2 pages out of 15 on the integration of education, outreach, and enhancement of diversity under subheadings such as “Focused Diversity,” “Underprivileged Student Participation,” and “Participation of Women and Minorities.” That leaves at most 13 pages for the scientific content.
Please, please, please make this the year you make a concerted effort to get Republican, conservative attorneys to be brave; to step up to the call and confront in the courtroom their local university. Whatever the issue, employment harassment of white males, federal student loan fraud/whistleblower defense--whatever the case may be the only way things will change is if your bunch has the courage to take the heat! If not you--then who? The liberal attorneys certainly will not and you cannot sit back and pretend like they will--there is no reason they would, or should we expect them too, you and other attorneys like you, have to fill the immense void.
"at least 2" means more is better, thus a savvy writer spends 14 pages discussing 'diversity issues', then summarises the summary of his research proposal in half of the last page before using the rest of that page for the summary of the diversity issues.