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February 2020
Abigail Thompson has been recognized by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) as a Hero of Intellectual Freedom. Dr. Thompson will deliver the keynote address at ACTA’s ATHENA Roundtable Conference on November 13, 2020, where she will be introduced by University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer.
...excerpt from ACTA page.

Dr. Thompson has articulately challenged the University of California’s (UC) initiative to use diversity statements, in which faculty applicants detail their contributions to diversity and equity, as an initial screen to determine which candidates may progress to further review of their credentials. In addition to the inherent injustice of eliminating candidates whose teaching and scholarship qualify them for faculty appointments, solely on the basis of their diversity statements, Dr. Thompson has convincingly warned that such a pre-screening process could readily become a political litmus test with the potential to limit intellectual freedom. Her courageous journalism reveals that scoring rubrics for the diversity statements, now in use, privilege "a particular political ideology, one based on treating people not as unique individuals but as representatives of their gender and ethnic identities."