Woke Commissar at Virginia Military Institute Resigns After Facing Resistance From Angry Alumni

On June 1, 2023, Thursday Jamica Love, the Virginia Military Institute’s first chief diversity officer, resigned from her position.  

Army Major General Cedric T. Wins, VMI’s superintendent, made this announcement in June 1. He stated in an email to the VMI community:

“She has been singularly focused on preparing our cadets for the world which they will enter after graduation and making VMI an inclusive institution for any interested and qualified prospective cadet, faculty, or staff member.”

He continued by noting that Love “has been an exemplar of professionalism and her expertise and positive attitude will be greatly missed.”

Love assumed this position in 2021 after the college confronted allegations of structural racism by black students and alumni. This resulted in an independent investigation about those allegations, which was subsequently released.

In his email, Wins made it clear that the school’s leadership team holds a steadfast commitment to three principles set forth after the investigation into racism allegations was carried out.

Those principles are focused on creating and promoting a more diverse school; “a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment”; and maintaining “a safe, rigorous process for escalating issues which have even the potential to violate the Code of a Cadet,” per Wins’ email.

Love’s deputy, Briana Williams, currently serves as interim chief diversity officer until the position is occupied on a permanent basis, per VMI spokesman Colonel Bill Wyatt.

With Love out of the picture, Wins claimed he plans to reevaluate the best ways to attain the three principles “in a manner that is unique to VMI’s needs and preserves the fundamentals of the VMI experience.”

The announcement came after a significant number of alumni criticized the institute’s DEI initiatives and their implementation for several months. Members of the Spirit of VMI, a political action committee made up of alumni, parents and friends of VMI have contended that DEI is “unnecessary,” fosters racial division and calls on others to “reject the woke assault on VMI.”

Conservatives must recognize that all fights will not be settled at the ballot box. Instead, some of these fights will be waged at schools, the corporate boardroom, and the broader culture. As always, eternal vigilance is needed for right wing-forces to come out on top here.

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