Diversity programs are more good than they are bad
It is disappointing to me that many of you don't see ANY value in diversity programs and fail to see its intended purpose, originally. Many of these kids come from disadvantaged communities, where their parents, grandparents and great-grand parents were broke, had no formal education, sometimes couldn't even go to college due to existing laws/rules. Furthermore, you get stuck in a poor community that has shitty schools, severely underpaid, and often under-qualified teachers. It is a system that is perpetuated. And for black folks, has existed since slavery.
Many will complain and call it "reverse-discrimination". Well boo-hoo. You grew up in a good neighborhood, with good schools, good friends, with parents that went to college. You've had a leg up your whole life.
The original purpose of programs like this is PRECISELY to advantage minority and disadvantaged communities to the point where their representation in higher education and the workforce actually matches, or is consistent with, how the population looks. You might argue that it should be the best qualified no matter what! Yet fail to see that the way the system was set up (especially many years ago), greatly advantaged white people, especially men. So of course you come from a lineage of educated people who've created a POSITIVE cycle that, too, has perpetuated.
The point of these programs is to forcefully break the cycle. If you're in this loop of poverty, getting subpar education, being discriminated against, not being able to get into good colleges, then how do you break the loop? An answer is creating opportunities within the workforce for disadvantaged folks (ie diversity programs, roles for nontraditional candidates, etc.) that have the potential to be successful in the role. This is a long term investment. That black kid who grew up dirt poor, went to a shitty high school, had to work 2 jobs while going to college, and currently sits next to you at work? He's breaking that cycle. He's on his way to middle/upper class. His kids will grow up seeing that, and will go to a better school, then better college, and guess what? Get a better job! Without the need of diversity programs! But it is la long term project.
I know most of you won't even try to understand this perspective. Luckily, I don't care. Universities don't care. Banks don't care. These programs are here to stay. Are they used for marketing purposes? Yes! Do they still help disadvantaged communities? Yes! So who gives a shit in the end. Clearly, many of you do.
Pains me to work among such high achieving folks that are as ignorant as they are smart.