The University of North Carolina (UNC) medical school has jumped off the woke wagon, disbanding its controversial diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) task force while declining to implement any of its recommendations.
The move comes just months after the college banned DEI statements “from admission, hiring, promotion and tenure,” according to Fox News Digital.
As BizPac Review previously reported, UNC came under fire for attempting to inject social justice issues into its curriculum.
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The task force, formed in 2020 “to integrate social justice into the curriculum,” claimed in its final report that “a growing number of medical students reported that the hidden curriculum (i.e. the unwritten, unofficial, and often unintended lessons, values, and perspectives that students learn in school) left them feeling mistreated, discriminated against, and undervalued based on various aspects of their identities.”
“In order to address these findings, the School of Medicine convened the Task Force to Integrate Social Justice into the Curriculum,” the report, which cites data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), stated.
As per the guidance, UNC requires med students to study issues such as “Unconscious Bias Awareness,” “Understanding and Responding to Microaggressions,” “Understanding how to view and treat patients based on their race,” and “Understanding that America’s medical system is structurally racist.”
Color Us United (CUU), a group dedicated to “fighting “those who want to divide America,” launched a campaign against UNC, calling on the school to rescind its DEI policies.
“The doctor that treats you should be the most qualified doctor available to you, not the doctor that has received the most amount of social justice training,” CUU stated at the time. “Yet that’s exactly what UNC Medical School is doing: replacing vital medical training courses with social justice courses and diminishing the quality of its doctors in the service of a false social justice agenda.”
In April, a group that advocates for free speech on college campuses — the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) — fired off a letter to UNC to address the school’s DEI initiatives, according to Fox News Digital.
In response, UNC told FIRE that the task force was being disbanded with “no plan to implement the Task Force’s recommendations now or in the future.”
Under UNC’s new guidelines that prohibit the school from requiring an employee or an applicant to “affirmatively ascribe to or opine about beliefs, affiliations, ideals, or principles regarding mattes of contemporary political debate or social action as a condition to admission, employment, or professional advancement,” the university said, “Even if the recommendations were revisited in the future, further review and revision would be required.”
Color Us United President Kenny Xu praised the move by UNC’s medical school.
“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,” he told Fox News Digital. “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.”
“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 it’s harmful consequences on employees, student education, and the public,” Xu stated.
On Twitter, Xu called the move a “huge” step in the right direction.
“Proud that UNC Medical School becomes the first medical school to publicly renounce its DEI framework. Proud for this huge step towards high quality medical care,” he tweeted. “Time to export this decision to every other med school in the nation. Time to beat DEI.”
Proud that UNC Medical School becomes the first medical school to publicly renounce its DEI framework. Proud for this huge step towards high quality medical care. Time to export this decision to every other med school in the nation. Time to beat DEI. https://t.co/CMYhGYOp4d
— Kenny Xu (@kennymxu) June 1, 2023
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