DEI may be DIE-ing

2024 May 14 – Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced it will no longer require diversity statements from prospective hires.

Last night, the University of North Carolina announced they will eliminate all DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) initiatives on campus.

Could this be a trend that society is backing away from the diversity, equity and inclusion ideology?

Attorney Clint Barkdoll noted, “If you look at the statement from the vice chairman of their board of trustees, he outright said that this DEI policy on their campus for years now, it’s simply discriminatory and divisive and they’re getting rid of it. They’re also eliminating the several million dollars of funding they provide to a DEI office on campus. So the MIT story, I don’t think was one-off. Now that you see UNC on board, I think you’re going to keep seeing other universities follow suit on this. The University of Florida has also implemented a similar measure now.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “It’s plainly obvious how divisive these policies are. My girls witnessed it at both the colleges they went to, Shippensburg and Dickinson, I’m going to name them both. They saw how this created just bad feeling between the races, between even genders. It is not something that adds to a healthy environment and studies after studies are starting to show, I’m looking back there’s stuff from a year ago, it even says in June of 2023 DEI programs and universities are being cut across the country. Not to mention all the ridiculous non productive DEI officer jobs. My friend Eric Smith from Cato Institute now, he was a DEI officer. He is now roundly against it and finds it very, very dangerous. He even testified in front of Congress saying how dangerous this is especially now that equity type of things are being introduced so primarily into medicine, and it’s causing bad medicine. It’s race essentialism, its identity essentialism and it’s not helping us as a country, I think, obviously.”

Barkdoll added, “These schools that are now eliminating it, take MIT and Chapel Hill was two examples, these are not conservative institutions. I mean, these are liberal, I would say if someone were to measure them on a scale, liberal institutions that are recognizing the problems with this and to me that it makes it even more intriguing. I think you’re going to see more of this as we go through the summer. The more schools and governing bodies examine these initiatives, they’re realizing that they’re having maybe an unintended consequence in a very bad way on the university.”