REPORT: Texas colleges spent $45 MILLION on diversity in one year
- Public Texas universities spent a combined total of $45 million dollars to increase diversity in just one year.
- The University of Texas and Texas A&M were the two biggest spenders, according to the report.
A recent report reveals that Texas schools spent a combined total of $45 million on diversity efforts in the last fiscal year alone.
According to a report from The Texan, diversity efforts at Texas institutions of higher education range from a $500 clothing supply facility for transgender individuals to the $200,000 Galerstein Gender Center at the University of Texas-Dallas. The center was created “because gender equality has not been reached nationally or globally,” according to the university website.
Its upcoming events include a virtual event titled “Q-TEA: Racism within the Dallas LGBT+ Community."
The University of Houston reportedly allocated $146,466 to its LGBTQ Resource Center and $60,000 to Diversity Initiatives, in addition to the $258,613 it allotted to the Diversity and Inclusion center the year before.
Topping the charts were the University of Texas at more than $28.4 million spent on diversity efforts and Texas A&M at more than $7.3 million.
A University of Texas spokesman told Campus Reform in response to the report, "we always want students to speak for themselves. We have 51,000 students, so there are always going to be a range of opinions."
“I do not believe the $45 million spent on diversity programs at Texas universities is an effective or an efficient method of creating equal opportunity for minority students,” Vice President of the Students for Trump chapter at Texas A&M Gage Stattler told Campus Reform. “The most crucial step in making our state's university demographics look like the overall state demographics is to ensure equal access to a quality primary and secondary education for every Texan.”
“It seems to me that the $45 million spent on these diversity ‘training programs,’ some of which could be renamed social engineering initiatives, would have been better allocated by our state to enhance the quality of primary and secondary education in minority communities,” Stattler said, adding that such programs “have stoked the flames of racial tension by advancing the narratives of white guilt and minority victimhood, neither of which is helpful in unifying or empowering students."
One student at Texas A&M, Joel Rebollar, told Campus Reform that such efforts are a “waste of money,” saying that the school is already a “ very diverse environment."
“There's a saying money doesn't solve everything and how would this make diversity increase on campus,” Rebollar said.
“The common theme that is portrayed in all honesty by the mob rule that the administration caters to is that this school is to White and privileged only to White students,” Rebollar added. “That is what this is all about, and even that claim is a forum of racism because that is judging someone solely based on the color of their skin. Which goes against our core values that we have here at A&M. “
Rebollar pointed to a recent incident of a Black student faking a racist incident on campus, adding that “the University did nothing to that student.”
Campus Reform reached out to all universities mentioned, and only the University of Texas responded.
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