published : 2023-12-10

Senator JD Vance Demands Action Against DEI Initiatives at Ohio State, Accuses Institution of Racial Hatred

Vance urges new Ohio State University president to abandon 'diversity, equity, and inclusion' mandates

A photo of Senator JD Vance speaking on stage during CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) Texas 2022 conference at Hilton Anatole. (Taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

Ohio State University is facing criticism as Senator JD Vance (R-Ohio) sends a scathing letter to the incoming president, demanding action against the institution's diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

In the letter, Vance accuses the university of using DEI ideology to mask 'racial hatred' in its hiring practices and curricula. He raises concerns about the infusion of diversity considerations in the university's employment at the College of Arts and Sciences, citing recent news reports and a Wall Street Journal analysis of Ohio State public records.

A photo of the Ohio State University logo at the top of the Ohio Stadium at sunset, during a summer day on the Ohio State University campus. (Taken with a Nikon D850)

According to Vance, the university administration assured him that emphasis on race and sex would be removed from hiring practices, but recent public records requests have revealed that DEI dogma has compromised teaching as well. Vance highlights an incident where Ohio State undergraduates were asked to explore concepts of privilege, including 'White Privilege' and 'Heterosexual Privilege,' in a course titled 'Unpack the Invisible Knapsack.'

Vance calls for a meeting with the incoming president, Walter Carter Jr., to discuss the continued use of DEI ideology at the school. He specifically demands clarification on whether Carter will allow discrimination based on ideological viewpoint and the inclusion of race- and identity-based lessons in undergraduate courses.

A photo of students engaged in a classroom discussion about diversity and inclusion at Ohio State University. (Taken with a Sony A7 III)

Vance's open letter has sparked intrigue and controversy, raising questions about the role of DEI initiatives in higher education and their impact on campus culture. Ohio State University now faces the challenge of responding to Vance's demands and addressing concerns surrounding their approach to diversity and inclusion.