• November 29, 2021

James Madison University Faculty Increases Diversity Efforts

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Faculty members and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Trustees of James Madison University have They promised to “beef up and strengthen” diversity efforts, which they believe are “under attack”, even going so far as to ask for gifts for DEI staff members as a token of appreciation for the “valued staff members” behind the efforts.

Emails distributed by DEI teachers and administrators, obtained by National review, asked members of an environmental interest group at the university to “Please consider coming forward to express your support for diversity, equity and inclusion work and the people who are at the forefront of that work ”by attending an open house on August 31 for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion departments in Student Affairs.

“The need for us to be with colleagues who have been attacked by this work is more important than ever and there is not much more powerful than being physically with them,” the email reads.

The email comes in response to a backlash reports that Student employees who conducted the freshman orientation underwent training that claimed people who identify as male, straight, cisgender, Christian, or American are “oppressors.”

Last month, Tim Miller, Vice President of Student Affairs, issued a excuse me on video for the controversial training, which suggested that people who identify as masculine, cisgender, straight, heteroromantic, Christian, white, Western European and American are privileged.

Miller announced that the training would be stopped for evaluation and review and apologized for “the impact this has had on so many members of our community.”

However, after Miller pledged to dedicate his efforts “to ensure that we learn from this experience,” faculty members have pledged to advocate for the school’s so-called diversity, equity and inclusion programs.

“In light of the tumultuous start to DEI’s programming this semester, we ask that you bring two items – a token of appreciation for these valued staff members that further communicates their value to our campus. [and] ideas on why budgeting for DEI’s work based on evidence and theory should be the basis of a ‘better business model’ for JMU, ”says the email to the environmental interest group.

A second email after the conclusion of the open house suggested that group members should ask university administrators “what can be done to better prepare the university for the NEXT time we participate in a DEI job. based on evidence and with theoretical information and opposing forces appear? “

“As it is transmitted in our multiple layers of strategic plans, visions and values, DEI’s work must be the core of our university identity; let’s reinforce and strengthen that nucleus ”, he adds.

National review has reached out to James Madison University for comment.

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