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University of Michigan Preparing to Hire 20 New ‘Anti-Racism’ Faculty Members

University of Michigan Preparing to Hire 20 New ‘Anti-Racism’ Faculty Members

“tenured or tenure-track faculty members with scholarly expertise in racial inequality and structural racism”

As I’ve mentioned several times in the last few months, colleges are not listening to parental concerns. They are doubling down on the progressive agenda.

The College Fix reports:

U. Michigan on track to hire 20 new ‘anti-racism’ faculty

An initiative by the University of Michigan to hire 20 new “anti-racism” faculty has moved into the third round of hiring, according to a recent statement from the school.

“The Anti-Racism Faculty Hiring Initiative, one of the Office of the Provost’s programs and activities to address systemic racism, will begin its third round of proposal submission and review in March,” the Feb. 11 announcement stated.

In 2021, the Michigan provost announced the school would be hiring 20 new tenured or tenure-track faculty members with scholarly expertise in racial inequality and structural racism to schools and colleges across campus.

A spokesman for the school declined to provide The College Fix with an estimate of the cost of the new hires.

According to a recent study of 65 universities by the Heritage Institute, Michigan has “by far the largest” number of staff whose jobs are creating and advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. The study found 163 employees at Michigan whose primary role was to advance DEI on campus.

Later, an independent National Review analysis found 167 such employees, up from 40 in 2002.

“Between 2002 and 2014, U-M averaged 67 DEI staffers per year,” National Review found. “Since 2015, it’s been 129, almost double, and rising.”

According to the school, all “cluster initiative positions” will be co-funded by the provost and participating departments. For new hires, the provost will provide 50 percent of base salary as well as 50 percent of “start-up costs up to a predetermined level.”

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The purpose of this hiring is only marginally related to “anti-racism.” That’s more the latest excuse the left is using to solidify control over the academy and to make sure loyal foot soldiers are well rewarded.

I suspect this is also used as a cover to hire more people based primarily on their race, to meet their unspoken racial quotas.

Declined to say? Aren’t the salaries posted on the website? And even if not, this information should be public record for a state school.

Perhaps there was a typo in the headline of this story: “University of Michigan Preparing to Hire 20 New ‘Anti-Equality of Opportunity’ Faculty Members”

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