Image 01 Image 03

Diversity Staffers Outnumber History Professors at Some Schools

Diversity Staffers Outnumber History Professors at Some Schools

“At Georgia Tech, there were 3.2 times as many DEI staff people as history professors.”

You can tell much about higher education in America by looking at what schools consider a priority. Administrators and staff members devoted to diversity and inclusion were almost unheard of a decade ago.

Today, diversity has become an industry within higher education and the ranks are growing exponentially.

A recent report from the Heritage Foundation by Jay Greene and James Paul reveals that at some schools, the number of diversity staffers is higher than the number of people teaching history:

Diversity University: DEI Bloat in the Academy

The promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) on college campuses has become a central concern of higher education. Universities have created administrative and staff positions tasked with developing programming and offering services related to DEI. While it is widely understood that universities have devoted significant resources and attention to DEI goals, there has been little systematic examination of the scope of DEI staffing in the academy. Similarly, it is unclear how DEI staffing varies across institutions and how levels of DEI personnel compare to other staffing priorities…

After reviewing publicly accessible websites, these authors found that the average university they sampled listed more than 45 people as having formal responsibility for promoting DEI goals. DEI staff listed by universities totaled 4.2 times the number of staff who assist students with disabilities in receiving reasonable accommodations, as required by law. DEI staff levels were 1.4 times larger than the number of professors in these universities’ corresponding history departments. Moreover, the average university had 3.4 people working to promote DEI for every 100 tenured or tenure-track faculty members.

Certain universities had strikingly large numbers of people officially labeled with DEI responsibilities. At the University of Michigan, for example, 163 people were identified as having formal responsibility for providing DEI programming and services. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), there were 13.3 times as many people devoted to promoting DEI as providing services to people with disabilities. At Georgia Tech, there were 3.2 times as many DEI staff people as history professors. At the University of Louisville, the ratio of DEI personnel to history faculty was 2.9. The University of Virginia had 6.5 DEI staff for every 100 professors.

One of the things one might take away from this is that there are now more people on campus promoting the idea that some statues might be racist than there are people explaining why the statues exist in the first place.


DEI Personnel Relative to History Faculty. These authors also compared each university’s DEI infrastructure to its number of history professors. History is a core academic subject that helps students understand their place in the world, as well as how to put current events in appropriate context and understand how citizens should engage in civic life. The ratio of DEI personnel to history faculty is an indicator of how much universities prioritize the narrower, particular narratives of DEI relative to the broader narratives traditionally covered by history faculty.

This graphic from the report offers a side-by-side comparison:

Read the whole thing here.

John Sexton of Hot Air notes that the schools in this study weren’t selected randomly:

The Heritage Foundation published a report yesterday which looks at the size of diversity, equity and inclusion staffing at 65 major universities around the country. The selection of schools wasn’t random. Instead, Heritage looked at Power Five universities, i.e. schools that are part of major athletic conferences such as the PAC 12. The point of selecting these universities was to select major, mainstream schools rather than smaller or more exclusive ones.

Anyone wondering why college tuition is so high may want to examine the salaries of these staffers.

Diversity pays well.


Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.


Hmmm. History professors. Diversity staffers. At some major schools it is hard to tell the difference between the two.


    Use the acronym in the order in which these concepts were introduced to the public by their very misleading and misdirecting code words:
    1. Diversity
    2. Inclusion
    3. Equity

    DIE … should therefore be the acronym that is used to describe this program.

    And, it makes sense – because they want society as we know it to DIE.

I’m not sure how meaningful any comparison between the number of X professors and the number of Y administrators can be. They’re not even the same animal. There are probably more federal compliance administrators than professors in any single discipline in the average college.

I wonder if the composition of the diversity, equity and inclusion staffing is reflective of the composition of the student body?

If not why not? Shouldn’t this subset of employees match as closely as possible the composition of the student body they purport to serve?

If not does that tell us the staffing composition is unimportant? If so doesn’t that undercut the basis for the ‘DIE’ program in general?

I would submit that if the staffing composition is not reflective of the student body then it’s not a demonstration of the principles of DIE but an attempt to purchase an indulgence and virtue signal.

I question if the diversity folks all have PhD’s in Black History or Gender studies?? Good gig if you can get it and student loans are forgiven!

E Howard Hunt | July 29, 2021 at 12:11 pm

It’s time for some summer fun. Contact conservative students at these colleges and urge them to protest and demand the firing of any staffers who are white, heterosexual, or not handicapped. Their very presence is lowering the percentage of the diverse and is poor optics.

Once only the diverse remain, unable to fob off these perfunctory, box checking duties to others, their incompetence will shine brightly for all to see. Bring on the great awokening.

I think professors outnumber students at some schools. Oberlin is running about 50/50.

All this “diversity” nonsense reminds me of the Soviet model of embedding political commissars in all organizations, most notably the military. The Nazis did the same but the USSR was the most extreme.

When political commissars go rogue,

Anonymous Bosh | July 29, 2021 at 12:30 pm

To be fair, it probably takes 3x DIE hires to equal the “scholarship” of 1x History prof.

    OldProf2 in reply to Anonymous Bosh. | July 29, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    In most places, DIE hires are administrative, and they don’t do ANY scholarship.

    Of course, many of them have degrees in areas like “gender studies” and other grievance studies. One can argue that it’s impossible to do actual scholarship in these areas, where feelings are more important than facts.

It’s automatic. The people hired to order sufficient pencils and pads will wind up running the whole thing.

See John Gall, Systemantics, chapter “Administrative Encirclement.” Get the earliest edition you can to avoid the bloating of the original gem edition.

2smartforlibs | July 29, 2021 at 12:35 pm

Since the chances of ANY of the aforementioned are anything but devote leftist does it matter?

JusticeDelivered | July 29, 2021 at 12:39 pm

I bet that the vast majority of those diversity people have soft, useless degrees. How can society function well carrying so many essentially useless people?

How much does this add to student’s debt, often crushing debt.

This is a silly comparison. …..your top comparison, Ga Tech, is a STEM school. It’s degree offerings are all STEM,. The only reason there are any History professors is to fullfil the gen Ed requirements of the STEM degrees. This is cherry picking a stat to create a point. A far more reasonable comparison is the number of Diversity officers ( anything more than two is too much) to the overall enrollment.

    caseoftheblues in reply to animal02. | July 29, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    Yah about that…. you might want to check out all the majors and minors offerred at Georgia Tech….you can even major in History! Besides you being completely wrong about that even just looking at the next two schools on the list pretty much destroys your flawed “logic”

      CaptTee in reply to caseoftheblues. | July 30, 2021 at 11:46 am

      I wouldn’t be surprised if “Football” is a major at Georgia Tech. Of course, they probably call it “Physical Education”.

DEI is Latin for God. Priceless.

Don’t need very many history professors to regurgitate Howard Zinn’s version of “history”.

One per university should be sufficient.

Johnny Weissmuller | July 29, 2021 at 2:41 pm

My daughter graduated from a big 10 school in 2015. As a dorm resident for 2 years, she received lefty e-mails + videos from high salary housing admins on the topics like water & recycling.

The real solution is for everyone to follow science and realize that all are descended from Africa. We should check the African-American box. This would end the racist practice of affirmative action and the need for government to hire the DIE people.

    CaptTee in reply to ConradCA. | July 30, 2021 at 11:52 am

    Most Americans with an early America immigrant ancestor are also descendants of at least one Spanish king, so we can check the Hispanic box.

Check the Other Box and write American. I’ve been doing this for years in doctor’s offices and so forth. Interestingly, if you do this while applying for a mortgage, the loan officer is legally required to label your race.

At what point to administrators say “enough” with the extortion racket and get back to fiscal responsibility and real education?
Do we have any takers besides College of the Ozarks, Liberty, and Hillsdale?
Any class action suits from students who suffer from the school not providing a promised education?

There were some three-way ties. Nothing like competition.

Kudos to TCU and Baylor which are tied for last place. The SEC schools are farther down the list. Thankfully, Alabama (#45) and Auburn (#61) seem to have their priorities in order. So far.

New name for all diversity camp universities – BLM Gulag Camp. New Name for Hillsdale – Western Civilization University. Maybe Hillsdale could take over state college operations in a number of states. Invoke financial exigency and fire the administrators en masse and the fake faculty needed to be fired.