Letter: This is not how we diversify NH’s colleges

Published: 7/16/2021 7:00:07 AM

Whether through chance or as an act of deliberate irony, it was striking to see the Monitor (7/9) with two headlines: “In 20 Years, Slight Shift in Colleges’ Diversity,” and “Colleges Unsure of ‘Divisive Concepts’ Law’s Impact.” Although I suspect few in the Republican caucus care, new limits on free speech will not positively impact any school’s ability to attract a more diverse student body.

My daughter, a high school senior, is an adoptee from Guatemala. In 1954, the U.S. overthrew its first truly democratically elected government in favor of a right-wing junta that worked hard to preserve the ability of the United Fruit Company to exploit the indigenous population, ensuring cheap bananas for us and poverty for most of Guatemala. Why would she want to go to college in a state that does not want its students to understand the underlying reasons why so many Guatemalans cannot survive in their country? If this state is to attract a diverse student body and a diverse workforce, we cannot afford a budget that includes restrictions on academic speech. Gov. Sununu, this is on you for signing this craziness into law.

Cheryl Bourassa



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