“to help achieve gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM, both at the university and beyond”
Dollars for diversity. This is a scam and American taxpayers should demand their money back.
Campus Reform reports:
U. Alabama got MILLIONS from taxpayer for ‘diversity.’ It’s about to get even more.
The federal government has granted the University of Alabama-Birmingham $1.25 million to help achieve gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM, both at the university and beyond.
The grant is part of the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions initiative to increase “the participation & advancement of women in academic STEM careers.” The government entity seeks to do this by granting money to various institutions, mostly universities, to push said institutions to “develop systemic approaches” to increase the hiring rates, retention, and participation of women in STEM departments.
The recent grant will reportedly “build on” previous NSF ADVANCE grants awarded to the university for the same purpose, including $3,499,913 awarded in 2003, which the university notes was “successful” in adjusting “policies and procedures focusing on implicit bias in hiring, tenure and promotion decisions that could lead women and individuals from different racial and ethnic populations to be evaluated less favorably,” and therefore minimizing the perpetuation of “historical under-participation in STEM academic careers.”
UAB Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Paulette Patterson Dilworth, is heading up the effort to do just this at UAB. Dilworth says that the university committed to using the $1.25 million to help create “changes in practices and policies that inhibit gender equity and inclusion in STEM” but when asked what types of changes the university hopes to make, she told Campus Reform that such a question was “a bit premature,” as the school’s role is “to review” such practices and policies at both the university and other ADVANCE recipient institutions, in order to “isolate areas that need to be addressed.”
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