The University of Michigan recently hired five faculty members as part of its Anti-Racism Faculty Hiring Initiative who have “expertise in inequality and structural racism,” campus officials said.
The faculty will deepen the university’s expertise “on issues of race and racial justice and have a tangible impact on education and society,” according to an Oct. 28 statement. statement by the university.
One of the goals will be to use “data science methods to detect, understand and reduce structural racism in health care, as well as racial disparities in health care,” officials said.
The five faculty members are part of a larger goal, announcement earlier this year, eventually hiring nearly two dozen new “anti-racist” scholars at Michigan’s flagship university.
A university spokesperson could not be immediately reached by college correction this week asking what the overall costs of the initiative are.
Mark Perry, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and professor emeritus of economics and finance at the University of Michigan Flint, said college correction via email that “most colleges spend way too much money on DEI efforts.”
He called it “incredibly unnecessary”.
“[T]These efforts are part of advancing the new DEI religion in higher education and directly contradict a university’s primary mission – to educate students, teach critical thinking, and expose them to intellectual diversity,” Perry said per E-mail.
At Perry’s last analysis of “diversicrats” at the University of Michigan, he found 126 school employees dealing with diversity, equity and inclusion in one way or another, with an estimated total compensation of $15.56 million for the 2021-22 academic year, enough money to pay more than 900 student tuition bills in the state.
“These misguided and expensive DIE resources could be better spent reducing tuition fees instead of fueling new layers of costly administrative burden that end up being passed on to students in the form of higher tuition and fees,” Perry said.
The five new teachers are: Antonio Cuyler, music teacher at the School of Music, Theater and Dance; Sherina Feliciano-Santos, associate professor of anthropology at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Beatriz Manzor Mitrzyk, Clinical Pharmacist Specialist and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at the College of Pharmacy; Megan Vaness Threats, assistant professor of information at the School of Information; and Emilia Yang, assistant professor of art and design at Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.
This is just the first wave of hires expected to join college staff as part of the anti-racism initiative.
“I think this is really, really exciting work, and work that will fundamentally change the university,” David Gier, dean of the School of Music, Theater and Dance, said in the press release. of the University.
The University of Michigan spear his initiative to hire professors against racism earlier this year in hopes of supporting “new and existing scholars whose research focuses on anti-racism, racial equity and racial justice.”
The program is committed to hiring a total of 21 new staff dedicated to building knowledge and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.
“Efforts are underway to fill the remaining 16 positions in the initiative. Hires can be made for up to three years after a proposal is selected for funding,” the university said. declared October 28.
Even before the University of Michigan established its anti-racism program, the college was already ranked as one of the most DEI-inflated colleges in America, according to a report by the Heritage Foundation.
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