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Applicants for university’s janitor job openings required to submit DEI statement

‘We are interested in how your qualifications prepare you to work with diverse faculty, staff, and student populations,’ job opening states

Those interested in applying for several “Custodian 1” job openings at Eastern Washington University better brush up on their diversity, equity and inclusion lingo before they submit their application.

The university requires all candidates — apparently including janitors — to submit a “Diversity Response,” according to its website.

The Custodian 1 job’s duties include performing “a variety of custodial, housekeeping, and general maintenance functions to maintain the cleanliness and care of state agencies’, facilities, and institutions,” it states.

But as “an equal opportunity employer with a multicultural staff and student population, we are interested in how your qualifications prepare you to work with diverse faculty, staff, and student populations representing various cultures and backgrounds that may be different from your own,” the website states.

“You will be asked to attach a diversity response as part of the online application process: Please describe how you will apply an approach that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, staff, and the public.”

The Custodian I position pays $35,064 to $39,372, the job opening description states.

Campus Reform, which first reported on the topic, pointed out that it appears applicants from custodians to associate deans must submit the Diversity Response, but numerous campus officials did not respond to the news outlet’s requests for comment.

Fox News reported the application requirement looks to be “associated with the university’s Diversity Strategic Plan from 2018-2023.”

“One goal tasks the Office of Equal Opportunity and Human Resources to have an ‘active diversity recruitment plan with a focus on innovative methods for increasing the diversity of faculty and staff.'”

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