When I was a graduate student looking toward academic employment in the 1990s there was a great deal of discussion about employment equity in the university sector. As an aspiring white male I was naturally concerned about how this would impact my own job prospects, but nonetheless I supported employment equity policies because, after all, everybody deserves a proper chance to be hired, and I figured that my prospects were sound regardless (and quelle surprise, they were). Now here we are in 2022 and universities are still trying to achieve employment equity targets (and the usual critics are still complaining about it). It's clear to me that universities won't fully achieve equity unless they are legislated into doing it. Image: University of Calgary.
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