UNC Medical School Disbands Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Task Force
The University of North Carolina (UNC) has officially disbanded its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task force. This comes after the school banned DEI statements from admission, hiring, promotion, and tenure.
UNC also said in their decision that they do not plan on implementing the recommendations made by the task force.
The initial document that established DEI at UNC included recommendations that were partially based on the DEI protocols of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The AAMC required students to study topics like ‘Unconscious Bias Awareness,’ ‘Understanding and Responding to Microaggressions,’ and ‘Understanding that America’s medical system is structurally racist.’
In April, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), which according to their mission statement wants to “defend and sustain the individual rights of all Americans to free speech and free thought — the most essential qualities of liberty,” wrote a letter to the UNC concerning the DEI framework that was in place.
The UNC University Council then responded to FIRE in a letter saying that,
“While we remain committed to these important missions, the recommendations have not been operationalized and the Task Force has concluded its work. There is no plan to implement the Task Force’s recommendations now or in the future.”
They also explained their reasoning in the letter, stating that “A particular area of concern would be compliance with the recent amendments to the UNC systemwide policy on Political Activities of Employees (UNC Policy Manual 300.5.1).” This policy states that the school now,
“…prohibits the University from requiring an employee or applicant for academic admission or employment from having
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.”
University of North Carolina med school renounces its own DEI framework: @UNC "said it plans to disband its DEI Task Force, without implementing its recommendations, including integrating social justice into the school's curriculum." #ncpol
— Amy O. Cooke (@TheRightAOC) June 1, 2023
This all comes after Color Us United, which advocates for a race-blind society, launched a campaign back in January that called on the university to rescind its DEI policies for the medical school by bringing bills to the state legislature, educating the public on social media, and lobbying school trustees so the policies can end.
After the news broke out, Color Us United President Kenny Xu told Fox News Digital in an interview that the move by UNC’s medical school is a win for the medical community and their future patients.
We’re proud of UNC’s decision to reject the DEI framework that lowers the quality of doctors and inundates their students with ideologies that have nothing to do with what is medically necessary. Our next step is to take UNC’s decision to other medical schools in our country to fully rid medicine from DEI’s divisive influence. We will also continue monitoring UNC’s School of Medicine to ensure that employees are not fed DEI trainings and curricula any longer.
He then continued by saying,
It is important to note UNC is the first medical school to revoke their DEI framework without legislative interference, because it shows that we convinced key decision makers on the merits of revoking DEI, and showed its harmful consequences on employees, student education, and the public.
He also mentioned in the interview that he will give a presentation on the medical school’s DEI programs at the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustee meeting in July.
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