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Kansas Spent $45 Million on DEI with Nothing to Show for It

Lawmakers are catching up to the gravy train of DEI programs in Kansas universities that do nothing but impose ideological indoctrination.

Kansas university officials have been forking out millions for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, turning it into nothing short of a gravy train for DEI staff, while failing to produce clear outcomes or justify the bloated expenditure. It’s a perfect storm of wasted resources and misguided priorities, with Kansas University shockingly spending around $689 per student and Kansas’s six state universities spending in total $45 million on DEI. This isn’t just poor management; it’s a glaring indicator that DEI is driven by ideological posturing rather than educational enhancement.

State auditors, equally baffled, have been unable to ascertain what DEI actually means in the context of these universities or what these costly programs have achieved. This confusion has prompted Kansas legislators to take decisive action to curb the DEI excesses. They’ve enacted legislation prohibiting state universities from demanding DEI loyalty oaths as a condition for employment, admission, or promotion. This initiative cuts through the ideological fog, recognizing these mandates for what they are: a breeding ground for discrimination disguised as equity.

Interestingly, while DEI offices at these universities remain disturbingly silent on the growing issue of Antisemitism on campuses, they freely splurge on promoting selective racial preferences. This hypocrisy highlights a troubling prioritization that betrays the supposed intentions behind DEI. The new Kansas law serves as a crucial correction, ensuring that universities focus on true academic and ethical development rather than serve as battlegrounds for political ideologies.

This reassessment of DEI is catching on nationally. States like Florida, Texas, and others are reaffirming the importance of state and federal civil rights laws, challenging the unchecked power of DEI mandates. They advocate a now revolutionary idea: our value as individuals isn’t defined by race or identity labels—an evidently too radical notion for some.

The situation at Columbia University, where the administration resorted to online classes to manage antisemitic protests, underscores the urgent need to reevaluate the role and effectiveness of DEI offices. If these offices cannot truly promote diversity of thought, equality, and inclusivity, then what purpose do they stand for? The truth is coming to light that DEI actually stands for division, exclusion, and intolerance.

Kansas is setting a precedent by ensuring higher education remains a sphere for learning and personal growth, not ideological indoctrination. It’s high time other states follow Kansas’ lead, recognizing that taxpayer dollars should be invested in fostering education, not funding ideological agendas. This approach not only preserves the integrity of educational institutions but also protects the foundational principles of academic freedom and true diversity.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.