University Employee Training: Asking People To Show Up On Time Is Not Inclusive
So basically, they are saying foreigners shouldn’t follow American customs and it’s racist for Americans to expect them to do so?
Does the offensive line of Clemson’s football team have to show up at kickoff, or can they wander in during the first quarter?
The College Fix: If you want to schedule a meeting at Clemson University that starts on time … well, that’s not going to happen.
The university warns faculty not to enforce start times for gatherings in an online training featuring “fictional characters,” made public by Campus Reform:
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On another slide, a character named Alejandro schedules a 9:00 a.m. meeting between two groups of foreign professors and students. The first group arrived fifteen minutes early, while the second arrived ten minutes late [and wanted to “socialize” first]. According to the answers, it is wrong for Alejandro to “politely ask the second group to apologize,” or explain that “in our country, 9:00 a.m. means 9:00 a.m.”
It disrespects other people’s cultures to ask them to follow American conventions of appointments starting when they are literally scheduled to start, the slide continues:
Alejandro should recognize and acknowledge cultural differences with ease and respect. Cultures view many things, including death, prosperity and even colors, quite differently. Time may be considered precise or fluid depending on the culture. For Alejandro to bring three cultures together he must start from a place of respect, understanding that his cultural perspective regarding time is neither more nor less valid than any other.
Another slide explains hierarchies of privilege. A female hiring manager with a common white name is accused by a woman with an African American name of not giving her a job interview because her competition is a “white male.” More