University of Wisconsin Regents Turn Down $800 Million Offer to Curb DEI Programs

( – The old adage “follow the money” does not work in the age of woke; it seems to be status, not cash, that motivates the left.

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents just passed up $800 million in state funding because there was a catch: rein in your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) offices. The Board voted on December 9th to reject the cash offer from leading state Republicans in order to continue prioritizing woke demands that nearly everyone outside the left sees as grievance-mongering against whites, heterosexuals, and anything seen as normal.

The payout would have given university system employees raises and would have paid for maintenance and new construction. State Democratic Representative Dora Drake is confident the rejection was worth it. She said the move “really shows the power of organizing” and displays to the world that Wisconsin residents “value diversity.” It is not clear how the actions of the rarefied academic regents board might reflect the everyday concerns of ordinary state taxpayers.

For at least half of this year, state Republicans have been offering up bills that would temper the ever-expanding system of leftist indoctrination on campuses that issues forth from DEI offices. The latest offering, rejected by the Board of Regents, was a compromise; it did not require the university system to close its DEI offices. But it would have required the university to stop hiring for DEI positions for three years, to eliminate the compelled-speech “diversity statement” required of all student applicants, and it would have required the university to admit 5 percent of the top-scoring state high school students to UW-Madison. The system would also have had to admit 10 percent of top-scoring Wisconsin high school kids to its other campuses.

The Board of Regents rejected the nearly-$1 billion funding offer on a 9-8 vote.

The University of Wisconsin’s president was unhappy with the outcome. Jay Rothman said that while he respected the decision, he was “disappointed” as he believed the deal “was in the best interests” of the state’s university system.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported just days before the vote that it appeared the now-quashed compromise was set to go through.

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, Governor Kevin Stitt signed an executive order that effectively shuts down DEI offices in state agencies and colleges.

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