University of North Carolina Prohibits Woke Diversity Statements
On February 23, 2023, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted to prohibit diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statements, in addition to compelled speech.
After the meeting where the voters were cast, the board published a statement concerning their decision on DEI.
The statement highlighted that the university “shall neither solicit nor require an employee or applicant for academic admission or employment to affirmatively ascribe to or opine about beliefs, affiliations, ideals, or principles regarding matters of contemporary political debate or social action as a condition to admission, employment, or professional advancement.” In addition, the statement noted that employees or applicants “can’t be solicited or required to describe his or her actions in support of, or in opposition to, such beliefs, affiliations, ideals, or principles.”
Kenny Xu, president of Color Us United, an organization dedicated to lobbying universities to ban DEI across American schools, Kenny Xu told Fox News that the school’s decision will “have higher implications for higher education across the country.”
“We believe in a race blind, meritocratic society with high standards and that’s what has traditionally produced excellence in the United States,” he stated. “When we saw wokeness and DEI infiltrating the medical profession, that’s when we became concerned because medicine is the one place where everybody knows, liberals, conservatives, independents, that you need the most qualified doctor to get the best outcome. When diversity, equity and inclusion says ‘No, you need doctors of a certain race’ or ‘No, we need to be teaching things from the lens of social justice rather than the biological practice of medicine,’ that’s when we got concerned.”
The University of North Carolina Medical School previously maintained diversity statements in its hiring process, in addition to promotion considerations. The school’s Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion and Tenure previously outlined that “a statement for each area is required as part of the C.V.”
According to a Fox News report, Dr. Nche Zama, a surgeon at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, declared that the decision was “pivotal” and will “be applauded by some and rejected by others.”
Earlier in February, the University of North Carolina announced that it will be fighting “woke ideology.” UNC also announced that it will be working on “leveling the field” with a new School Civic Life and Leadership School.
This is good news for anyone who is against wokism penetrating America’s institutions of higher learning. Any serious nationalist movement must move to purge wokism out of all educational institutions. If we can’t defund public education — a system of mass indoctrination — we must ensure that these institutions aren’t fully captured by the Left.