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Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Calls on the University of Memphis decision to offer $ 3,000 in scholarships to faculty to instill diversity, equity and inclusion in their courses.
“The university should encourage its students to be independent thinkers, to broaden their view of the world, to learn lifelong learning and to be respectful of all,” Blackburn said in a statement provided to Fox News on Tuesday. .
“Taxpayer money should not be used to fund a lively social justice program.”
MEMPHIS UNIVERSITY OFFERS $ 3,000 TO FACULTY TO “INFUSE” EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE INTO CURRICULUM: REPORT
The Washington Free Beacon reported Monday that an email to all faculty showed the university was offering a stipend of $ 1,500 after faculty overhauled their programs, with an additional $ 1,500 after teaching the redesigned course . According to the email, 15-20 faculty members will be selected for the program, which will begin in spring 2022.
“This announcement offers a competitive grant opportunity designed to support faculty interested in redesigning and aligning existing course programs with the goals established by the Infusing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Inclusion working group. social justice in existing courses / programs, “the email read. .
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This work group links to a report stressing the need to fight racism, a term popularized by controversial author Ibram Kendi.
It includes a call to “[e]establish funding to incentivize faculty and instructors to enroll in cultural competency workshops focusing on race and racism, design anti-racism programs, and develop appropriate skills and arrangements to facilitate anti-racism discussion in the classroom. “
The university did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.