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Virginia Military Institute Alumni Fight Plans for Diversity Equity and Inclusion Programming

Virginia Military Institute Alumni Fight Plans for Diversity Equity and Inclusion Programming

“The military college said it rejects the notion that VMI is being swarmed by DEI programming”

The military really should be one place where this type of programming isn’t even a consideration.

The Washington Examiner reports:

VMI alumni fight back against ‘diversity, equity and inclusion’ plans

Virginia Military Institute alumni are speaking out and fighting back against plans to infuse the military college with “diversity, equity, and inclusion” programming.

Spearheaded by the alumni, a network of graduates, cadets, friends, and family launched a petition demanding that Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares cease the totality of “DEI initiatives until a full investigation is performed.”

The group has also called on Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, to mirror the actions he has taken to halt DEI programming in public K-12 schools at the state’s institutions of higher education, according to a report.

The military college said it rejects the notion that VMI is being swarmed by DEI programming, the report noted.

“Only 21.6% of VMI’s $99.5 million budget comes from taxpayer funding. Of our total budget, less than 1% is allocated to our Office of Diversity,” a VMI spokesperson said.

DEI activities and training were recently the topic of a March 15 meeting of school administrators and the VMI Board of Visitors, the report noted.

“The committee reviewed the training curriculum, the feedback from our early training sessions, and planned future activities, including the role of a consultant in that process,” the school said in a statement.

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VMI’s response smells fishy. The word “swarmed” is unnecessary and oddly specific. The reference to the budget is irrelevant and the whole “the committee reviewed” business is meaningless bureaucratese.

And, of course, the use of an outside consultant in the context of DEI measures is a huge red flag.

Keep at it! Don’t let them get away with running out the clock with word games!

henrybowman | April 1, 2022 at 3:52 pm

Did VMI weaken their honor code at any time over the past 20 years? If the answer is yes, then keep hammering.

Let’s take back the language: call it Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, or “DIE.”

It is more apropos considering how it is killing the country.