FSU Responds to Report on DEI Programs

FSU Responds to Report on DEI Programs

On Thursday night, Florida State University responded to a report that argues the university “has adopted a series of ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion’ programs that divides Americans along a ‘matrix of oppression,’ castigates Christians for their ‘Christian privilege,’ and offers a racially segregated scholarship that deliberately bars white students from applying.”

The report is by Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow and director of the initiative on critical race theory at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal.

In the report, Rufo provides a link to documents that he says reveals “a sprawling bureaucracy, dedicated to promoting left-wing racial narratives, including a seemingly endless array of programs, departments, trainings, certificates, committees, statements, grants, groups, clubs, reports, and initiatives.”

However, FSU’s response – provided below – indicates that the school informed Mr. Rufo that 146 pages of the 206 pages of documents provided to him via a public records request relate to programs that “FSU discontinued in 2019.”

The statement also notes that “FSU has been reviewing our programs to ensure they reflect the values of state university.”

14 Responses to "FSU Responds to Report on DEI Programs"

  1. First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    —Martin Niemöller

  2. So as DeSantis makes headlines – FSU just goes right on ahead with Social Justice week and all their DEI activities! They are listed under Visit Tallahassee.

  3. Do you people realize how ridiculous you sound? Replace ‘FSU’ with any other state university name, and BAM, the argument still applies. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent!

  4. @Huh? Are you a complete moron or just a pathetic shill for academia? Next time try to state a cogent argument in support of your position. Otherwise, best to leave these discussions to the grownups.

  5. Did the FSU President, as well as the one at FAMU, actually believe the Gov’nor was going to give them a “pass” when they denied the Vice President of the United States speaking space, relegating her to a honky-tonk?

  6. @huh?
    So you don’t understand what the Governor is seeking but are sure it’s no good? SMH.
    That says it all. Just admit you’re against anything he submits to make an improvement.

  7. FSU isn’t perfect, but you’d all do well to get behind them on this one. It’s one thing to criticise your own family member. It’s another when someone outside the family does it. FSU is made of people of all stripes and political persuasions. You all have friends and neighbors who work there. Most of them bust their tails for a lot less than they could make in the private sector, because they believe in the mission of Florida’s state university system. Most of your kids are probably products of the state university system and are productive, educated citizens. Don’t listen to this pot-stirring, out of state stranger Rufo. We have one of the best state university systems in the country and we do it for less than most other states. You should be proud of FSU and the entire state university system (community colleges, too!). I don’t know what the governor’s end game is, but it’s no good and we’d all do well to stand behind our public universities.

  8. Mr Skeptic

    “@Barb — there are entirely too many people at FSU (and all of the state’s universities) that make 6 figure salaries at taxpayer expense, yet produce precious little at preparing 20 year olds”

    The authority on higher education institutions strikes again, oh my.

    Yet says nothing at the $27 million stadium giveaway and a constant six-figure raises in City Hall at taxpayers expense, SMH.

  9. @Barb — there are entirely too many people at FSU (and all of the state’s universities) that make 6 figure salaries at taxpayer expense, yet produce precious little at preparing 20 year olds for life at 25, 30, 40, 60, etc…

    I’d be just fine with dropping the programs that don’t have a significant impact on the student’s careers and/or chances of success after college.

  10. What about the personnel that developed or instituted these programs in the first place, are they still there?

    What about all the employees that were hired, specifically, to implement these programs (and did, for who knows how long), are they still there?

    Have any of these people lost their jobs or are they just waiting for the Governor to leave and will then resume their agenda?

  11. His name is Christopher Rufo, the least you can do is get the basic facts (like the person’s name) right. One for three is a failing grade.

    I don’t trust FSU, they lie too much for me to take their word for it. The faculty tend to do whatever they want.

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