TN college offers hefty stipends if professors inject diversity, equity and inclusion to lesson plan

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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:

  1. Identify/develop actionable frameworks for diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice
  2. Identify/develop critical curriculum review questions and protocols
  3. Integrate culture and climate as supports to curriculum content, methods, and teaching and learning
  4. 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:

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