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Major University Pays More Than $18 Million To Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Staff

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  • The University of Michigan (UM) pays more than $18 million per year to fund 142 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) staff members, according to UM emeritus professor Mark Perry.
  • UM increased its DEI staff 53% between the 2018-2019 and 2022-2023 academic year.
  • “Those misguided and expensive DIE resources could be better spent by reducing tuition instead of feeding new layers of costly administrative bloat that end up getting passed along to students in the form of higher tuition and fees,” Perry told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The University of Michigan (UM) spends more than $18 million annually to support its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) staff, according to an analysis of public salary records by UM emeritus professor Mark Perry.

UM pays a total of $18,120,242 to support more than 142 staff members who work to promote DEI initiatives on campus during the 2022-2023 school year, according to data analyzed by Perry. The total equals the amount it would take to cover the cost of in-state tuition for 1,075 students, he told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“In my opinion, most colleges like UM are spending way too much money on DIE efforts, and it’s incredibly wasteful because those efforts are part of advancing the new DIE religion in higher education and directly contradict the core mission of a university – to educate students, teach critical thinking and expose them to intellectual diversity – in favor of pursuing misguided goals of social justice, racial justice, and gender justice,” Perry told the DCNF. “Those misguided and expensive DIE resources could be better spent by reducing tuition instead of feeding new layers of costly administrative bloat that end up getting passed along to students in the form of higher tuition and fees.”

UM expanded their DEI staff members by 53% between the 2018-2019 and the 2022-2023 academic year, according to Perry’s analysis.

Only 82 “diversicrats” were employed during the 2018-2019 academic year and cost the university $10.6 million. The university increased the number of staff to 126 during the 2021-2022 academic year which cost $15.6 million.

Perry reported that he could not find a UM staff position with the words “diversity,” “equity” or “inclusion” in the job title until the 2004-2005 academic year. Positions which fit the bill have increased since 2015, according to a graph Perry provided to the DCNF.

He said that the number of positions has “metastasized like a cancer.”

Number of UM-Ann Arbor Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DIE) Staff

The highest-paid DEI-focused staff member is Tabbye Chavous Sellers, UM’s Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion who is married to the former DEI provost Robert Sellers, according to UM’s salary disclosure data. Sellers makes $380,000.

In total, 44 staff members make more than $100,000 in base salary, 95 make more than $100,000 in total compensation and 17 make more than $200,000 in total compensation, Perry reported.

“I don’t think any university chief ‘diversicrats’ in the country make $380,000 or $430,795, that is highly unusual. I also don’t think many colleges have 142 highly-paid diversicrats, so UM stands out as maybe the university with the greatest number of diversicrats and with the highest paid diversicrats in the country,” Perry told the DCNF.

In December 2021, Perry tweeted that The Ohio State University employed 132 DEI-focused staff during the 2021-2022 academic year. That number of staff cost $13.4 million, which could cover the cost of in-state tuition for 1,120 students.

The University of Michigan and Sellers did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

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  1. Diversity (anti-white), Equity (equal outcomes/Socialism), and Inclusion (Trans rights); it’s just another Democratic language perversion that does the opposite of what it portends. It’s a Democrat induced cancer that is destroying our country. Not only a government cancer, but colleges and every large Company in the country now has a “Diversity officer”, usually at the VP level. DEI has brought about illegal laws that call for firing whites first, for hiring whites last, and anyone that disagrees with them is a Racist, a Fascist, a Homophobe, a Xenophobe, a Misogynist and now, an Ableist. Did I miss one? There seem to be an infinite number of pronouns so that people can decide to be whatever they want, except for a male or a female. They say men can get pregnant and they pass idiotic laws like the “Menstrual Protection Act” in Oregon that mandates installing tampon dispensers in every boys restroom in every public school in the state. Seriously, go look it up. They want to teach your children to hate themselves and cower if they are white or be a perpetual victim and hate whites if they are black or brown. We now have biological males destroying women’s sports and we have a transgender fake “Admiral” as the “highest ranking official of the U.S. Public Health Service”. He/She? also thinks that it’s O.K. to mutilate and castrate children in the name of “gender equity”. Then, of course, there’s the non-binary head of our country’s nuclear waste disposal that just got arrested for stealing women’s underwear out of airport luggage. It’s almost impossible to comprehend how we are living in such an upside down clown world.

    And don’t dare to speak against any of it, or you are likely to be banned from any social media platform and investigated by the new “Stasi”; our own DOJ and FBI. Unless it’s stopped soon we will simply disintegrate into an evil, lawless, corrupt, society ruled over by the rich politicians in collusion with the “woke” corporate oligarchs. Sadly, that’s the Democrat’s dystopian goal; along with bankrupting us all with their never ending government money printing and ridiculous “Green New Deal” mandates. As the middle class is destroyed, we will become the poor masses that will own nothing. Just like every other Socialist/Communist state in history.

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