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IPFS News Link • Education: Colleges and Universities

Don't Say "America": Michigan State Has 140+ Employees Working On 222 DEI Action Items

•, by MJ Cadman

The salaries for those employees, some of whom work on DEI full-time, totals more than $18 million dollars according to a College Fix analysis.

One of these goals included an "inclusive language" guide that instructed university employees not to say "America" or use Easter and Christmas imagery.

The Fix pulled the data from the latest "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion," report for the public university in Lansing and used salary information from the school and government watchdog group Open the Books. In a few cases, The Fix estimated the salary for some employees based on the lowest salaries for personnel in comparable positions.

Some action items are more specific than others, including the creation of an "LGBTQIA2S+ Resource Guide," from the human resource department. The guide "will feature crucial links to gender-affirming and transition-related care benefits, specifically catering to the needs of the trans and non-binary community."

Others include "[f]ostering a team culture and building meaningful relationships with diverse constituents."

The university has not started on about 25 percent of its goals, according to the latest report. Only 10 percent, 22 in total, have been fully implemented.

MSU told The Fix it did not have a scorecard yet for this school year. However, in the 2022-23 school year the school broke down each item by status. One of the finished goals was the creation of "an inclusive communications guide that highlights common terms that reflect culturally competent, empathetic and inclusive language."

That guide recommended against using words around Easter such as "eggs" and "chicks" and avoiding "Christmas trees" and "gifts," during the winter.

Yet the same section of the DEI agenda recommended "[providing] more inclusive recognition of holidays/commemorative dates."