CUNY creates separate designation for Jewish faculty


CORRECTION: The City University of New York denies reports that it created a special minority designation for Jewish faculty.

(JTA) — The City University of New York’s creation of a new faculty demographic category of White/Jewish has angered some university faculty.

Both Jewish and non-Jewish faculty are upset, according to the New York Post.

The category for the university’s new Demographic Action Plan, issued last month by CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, is meant to assist in boosting the recruitment of minorities to serve on the CUNY faculty.

Aside from White/Jewish, other minority faculty reportedly include African-American/black, Asian, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender, Hispanic/Latino, Individuals with Disabilities and Italian-American, according to the newspaper.

“In addition to a group organized for white faculty, some faculty expressed a strong affinity and need for a focus group comprised of Jewish faculty members. Such a group was assembled, and it contributed to the effort of gathering facts and opinions from a wide cross-section of groups at CUNY campuses,” CUNY spokesman Michael Arena told the Post.

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