My partner is currently applying to graduate school. As a straight, middle-aged, white male, we’ve had concerns about affirmative action initiatives getting in his way. His application package far exceeds the minimum requirements and average applicant stats for each program he applied to. However, I still don’t believe the concern was unfounded, as one rejection letter stated openly that all remaining seats were to be allocated to minority students. Because in 2022, an impoverished white male who has worked hard to overcome the limitations of his permanent disability is considered privileged. Sigh. Anyways…
He just received his first interview invite. This particular program had 2,500 applicants vying for the 30 available seats. Assuming the school interviews for double the number of seats available, he’s in the top 2.4% of applicants at one of the most competitive programs in the country. He is very thoughtful, well-spoken, and articulate so I have no doubt the interview will result in an invite to join the program.
Though this may not be the program he ultimately choses, it felt like a huge success to have jumped through the fiery hoops of woke academia without getting burned. We’re still waiting to hear back from ten more schools. He’s wary, understandably, of more “sorry, our two white seats are filled” emails. It seems many institutions of higher education are prioritizing equity and diversity over competence. In the field of medicine, particularly, I believe this is a big mistake. But that’s a topic for another day.
After many years of watching my partner propel himself forward through his hard work, there is something so satisfying about having an external party validate those achievements. With the prevalence and persistence of equity and diversity initiatives, he has never felt confident that he could overcome the supposedly nonexistent reverse racism. But he did. And I am so proud! Hopefully, this is the first of many invites in the coming months.