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UNCs Potential Step to Cut DEI Staff Raises Concern – New York Post

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Last Updated on April 18, 2024 by Robert C. Hoopes

The University of North Carolina’s committee on university governance recently made headlines by voting to reverse its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policy. The five-person committee took less than four minutes to repeal the policy, but the full 24-member board still needs to vote on the decision.

The original policy outlined specific staff positions in the DEI office and established a diversity and inclusion council. However, the potential replacement policy does not detail the tasks and job duties of DEI officers, leading to speculations that the office could be eliminated altogether.

Senior vice president for the UNC System Office’s legal affairs team defended the potential policy swap, stating that it demonstrates the university’s commitment to non-discrimination and institutional neutrality. However, former UNC System president Tom Ross and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper criticized the move, calling it a disservice to students.

DEI has become a polarizing issue, with Republicans arguing that it discriminates against non-minorities and Democrats advocating for a more equitable playing field. Several universities, especially in red states, have recently eliminated their DEI offices, reflecting a larger trend in higher education.

Republican-led states have even introduced legislation to combat diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in colleges and universities. The UNC Board of Governors is scheduled to meet on May 22-24 to potentially make a final decision on the policy change, which could have far-reaching implications for the university’s approach to diversity and inclusion. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story on My MBA Career.

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