@PrajCK Often when people say, "diversity is more than race/gender" (which is true), this is done to *avoid* not address race/gender issues
— Kenneth Gibbs (@KennyGibbsPhD) October 1, 2015
This point is true, and one that I’ve scolded conservatives for myself. That said, I think it’s important to note that Kenny correctly used the word ‘often’ in his sentence above. Not everyone who questions the race/gender focus of diversity efforts want to avoid them. I think many people (people like Rod Dreher come to mind) would genuinely get behind diversity if they felt it included political conservatives, evangelical Christians, etc.
For those of us concerned about diversity in science, I would think that having a broad coalition would help us. And so it’s in our own interests to make genuine attempts to increase ideological and religious diversity in science, however difficult it may be.