The University of North Carolina (UNC) has voted to ban students and staff from being forced to make statements about diversity, equity and inclusion.
This was decided by the board of directors on Thursday.
It comes just days after another North Carolina school — NC State University — flipped a requirement asking applicants to answer an open-ended question that affirmed the Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI) agenda.
The school began including the question on job applications in 2021 stating that the university is “committed to building a just and inclusive community” and rejects “unjust or inhumane treatment” and will denounce it “clearly and loudly” .
The applicant is then prompted for one 250 word essay describing ‘what those words mean to you and how you will contribute to a more diverse and inclusive environment’.
The University of North Carolina (UNC) voted to ban students and staff from being forced to make statements about diversity, equity and inclusion
Students rally for the removal of a Confederate statue devised Silent Sam on the campus of the University of Chapel Hill on August 22, 2017
Now, with the decision of the Board of Governors, the University will not request or require any employee or applicant for academic admission or employment to affirmatively ascribe to or pass judgment on beliefs, preferences, ideals, or principles related to issues of contemporary political debate or social action as a condition of admission, employment or professional advancement.’
The statement continued: “An employee or applicant also cannot be “asked or required to describe his or her actions in support of or contrary to any such beliefs, preferences, ideals or principles.”
“Practices prohibited herein include, but are not limited to, requests or requirements for statements of commitment to particular views on issues of contemporary political debate or social action contained in applications or qualifications for admission or employment included as criteria for analysis of an employee’s career development.’
Earlier this month, UNC announced a new Civic Life and Leadership School that a board member described as a way to level the playing field for campus discourse.
Earlier this month, UNC announced a new Civic Life and Leadership School that a board member described as a way to “level the playing field” for discourse on campus
Christian Watson, a spokesperson for Color Us United, previously told DailyMail.com that this is little more than an attempt to force doctors to become social activists and steer the medical field toward politicization
Color Us United, a group advocating for “race-blind America,” launched a campaign to prevent the University of North Carolina medical school from integrating social justice issues into its curriculum
The decision to ban students and staff from being forced to make statements about diversity, equity and inclusion was made at the Board of Governors’ meeting on Thursday. Peter Hans, is president of the UNC system
Trustee Marty Kotis had said that “when one side is represented and the other side is suddenly allowed to speak out, it looks like we’re aiming – but really we’re just trying to level the playing field,” Fox News Digital reported.
Color Us United, a group advocating for “race blind America,” has launched a campaign to prevent the University of North Carolina medical school from integrating social justice issues into its curriculum.
The non-profit organization that claims to fight for people who are “upset by government, business and media claims that America is a hateful country.”
The most recent initiative is an effort to prevent the UNC School of Medicine from implementing social justice in its education.
Kenny Xu, president of Color Us United, told Fox News Digital he believes UNC’s move this week will impact higher education across the country.
“We believe in a race blind, meritocratic society with high standards and that is what has traditionally led to excellence in the United States,” Xu told Fox News Digital.
“When we saw wakefulness and DEI infiltrating the medical profession, we were concerned because medicine is the one place where everyone knows, liberals, conservatives, independents, you need the most qualified doctor to get the best outcome.”
“If diversity, equality and inclusion say, ‘No, you need doctors of a certain race’ or ‘No, we need to teach things through the lens of social justice rather than the biological practice of medicine’, then we started to worry,” he added.
In a message about the school this month, Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz said, “We work to support a culture of respect, debate and discovery. It won’t be easy and will often just feel uncomfortable. Yet these are the skills that our students, and we as citizens, need to be stewards of our democracy.’