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The University of Memphis is offering financial incentives to its professors if they choose to inject diversity, equity and inclusion into their curricula in keeping with their “Eradicating Systemic Racism and Promoting Social Justice Initiative.”
These stipends, about $3,000 each, would reportedly be broken up into two payouts: $1,500 for redesigning the lesson plan with the new focus in mind, and $1,500 for actually teaching it to the new class.
An email to the faculty regarding this initiative described the goals as follows:
- Identify/develop actionable frameworks for diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice
- Identify/develop critical curriculum review questions and protocols
- Integrate culture and climate as supports to curriculum content, methods, and teaching and learning
- Accumulate and disseminate models for curriculum self-assessment, program planning and continuous learning
The program is slated to begin in the Spring 2022 semester, and 15-20 staff members will be selected to be among the first to institute the new curriculum.
If a professor decides to sign up to take part in the program they are expected to explain how they “approach diversity, equity and inclusion within your pedagogical style” as well as their “diversity, equity and inclusion philosophy and how does it inform your approach to syllabi design.”
But not everyone is elated about the changes. One anonymous professor told The Free Beacon that they believe the college is wasting resources on the initiative.
“We’ve had a hard time retaining good faculty at our salary levels, so anytime you see money being spent on non-student or non-faculty causes, it makes you scratch your head,” they said. “Could this money be spent on students or retaining quality faculty rather than a progressive agenda that isn’t likely supported by the taxpayers or voters of Tennessee?”
A quick glance across Twitter reveals just how unpopular the initiative really is:
This is another reason why a 4 year college is worthless. Learn a skilled trade at a tech college. Leave college with little to no debt and still make enough money to lead a very nice life for yourself and your family.
— AMW (@SkoalBandit_33) January 3, 2022
— garyeatonstudios (@garyeatonstudio) January 5, 2022
The University of Memphis told faculty they could collect a $3,000 stipend for redesigning their curricula to align with the university's commitment to "diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice,"
In other words, they want to incentivize professors to 'go woke'!
— Impartial Observer (@ImpartialObser1) January 3, 2022
Cultural Marxism. Why make it complicated
— dv (@mdrv3) January 5, 2022
Anyone else wondering why student debt is so high?
— KCT❌🇳🇱 (@Nitrojunky54) January 5, 2022
So… University of Memphis wants certain professors to teach racism?
— Phil (@Phil44078246) January 5, 2022
In other words, brainwashed the kids.
— Jim (@UrdumbJ) January 5, 2022
We have Separation of Church and State…..for good reasons.
With federal student loans making colleges a branch of the government via massive influence, we need to add:
Separation of College and State
— Joan Wayne (@Entangle2030) January 5, 2022
STOP ALL FEDERAL FUNDING TO THIS UNIVERSITY
— CO Conservative (@FrankieLax72) January 5, 2022
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