Thank you for your comment and thank you for giving me a chance to add some things cut for space reasons. In one sense, Elizabeth Warren IS IN FACT a diversity feather in Harvard's cap: very few women are tenured in her field, securities regs. This is how I came to pay attention to her career, besides the fact we are both Okies. I knew who she was before this fandango happened because I watched the market implode in 2008 and noticed that Elizabeth Warren was one of a few experts with a grasp on how our economy went down the tubes and how to prevent a repeat. So there's no question she's a great diversity catch in her field. This issue is whether she ever held herself out as a "twofer," because neither women nor Indians are common in her area of law. I have not yet seen any evidence she did. "Box checker" is a generic term Indians understand, but for faculty at a research university, there is no box to check, and you don't fill out the affirmative action form until after you are hired (I know by being in the process), so she would have to have written something herself claiming to be Indian, not just checked a box. As I said in my column, I very much hope she did not.
Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 20:24