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U. Texas at Austin Reportedly Spends Over $13 Million on DEI Salaries

U. Texas at Austin Reportedly Spends Over $13 Million on DEI Salaries

“Much of the money spent on salaries support what critics describe as ‘woke’ programs based on social justice activism.”

DEI has become an industry within higher education and it’s making some people very wealthy.

The Epoch Times reports:

UT Austin Spends Over $13 Million on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Salaries: Documents

The University of Texas at Austin spends more than $13 million on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) salaries for close to 200 jobs, according to documents obtained by The Epoch Times.

That’s enough money to fund 342 in-state students to attend one of Texas’ top publicly funded universities for a year, based on $35,000 in annual tuition.

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DCE) at UT Austin paid 171 employee salaries totaling some $12.2 million, according to documents obtained through an open records request.

Another $1.4 million in salaries were paid to 14 associate deans called Coalition of Diversity Equity and Inclusion officers, according to the documents.

UT Austin’s expenditures on DEI paint a picture of a vast network of workers dedicated to a contentious sociopolitical movement that has taken hold in America’s institutions.

Much of the money spent on salaries support what critics describe as “woke” programs based on social justice activism. Vast amounts of taxpayer money spent on DEI salaries demonstrate what detractors say is a bloated system siphoning money away from academics.

DCE supports multiple learning centers and programs throughout UT Austin. Positions at affiliated programs include the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Youth Engagement Center, Office for Inclusion and Equity, and even an elementary school that helps train future teachers to be well versed in the movement’s ideology.


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Louis K. Bonham | May 23, 2023 at 1:39 pm

Texas SB17 would defund these and other DEI initiatives at Texas state schools. It passed the Senate weeks ago.

Unfortunately, in a last minute compromise to shut down a “filibuster by amendments” on the House floor, the Texas House added a provision requiring state schools to use “best efforts” to find other employment at the school at the same rate of pay for “displaced” DEI employees. This creates the likelihood that the DEI diversicrats will just continue their activities under new job titles.

The Texas Senate takes up the House amendments today, and it either will accept them (in which case the bill — which is now a severely watered down version of what the Senate passed — will go to the Governor), or else it will reject them and send the bill to a conference committee, which would then have to act quickly and put the committee substitute in front of both chambers before the weekend. (Everything has to be finally passed by midnight Sunday, as the session is ending.)

Also looming is whether the Governor will call a special session to deal with education issues (especially school choice), which may impact how hard a line the Senate is willing to take.

Me and my wife went to college in California in the mid to late 70s and college has gotten worse in teaching and much more expensive. The addition of CRT and DEI is just more of the same to make it worse. Colleges has almost no conservatives within any more and as a result learning is poor. My sons chose Trade Schools instead of college and both earn well above 6 figures, have houses, cars, and good bank accounts.