Posted on May 14, 2019

This Public University Will Spend Nearly $3 Million on Diversity This Year Alone

Sarah George, College Fix, May 10, 2019

The University of Iowa has earmarked over $2.7 million for its Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for this fiscal year. The budget, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix, spans nearly 70 different activities and spending categories.

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Director of Legislative Operations and Project Management Ann Frances V. Goff provided The Fix with an itemized budget of the office, which revealed that the largest single share of the $2.7 million is dedicated to the salaries of staff and personnel. Those expenditures total roughly $1.9 million. The division’s website lists 32 individuals under its staff directory.

Spokeswoman Anne Bassett told The Fix via email that the office also currently employs seven student workers. According to the budget, $36,000 is set aside for them.

Another $32,920 of the budget is designated for “Institutional Membership Dues” being paid to organizations like the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity or Association of the Title IX Administrators, costing $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.

Wide variety of expenditures

The school also spends $5,000 on food and space for “Faculty of Color Receptions / Activities.” Basset told The Fix that these events “started in 2015 with a mixer to connect faculty of color on campus. The program expanded to include the Office of the Provost in the conversation, specifically to host informational webinars from the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity of which UI is a member”.

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Another initiative being funded through the office is the Women’s Leadership Program. {snip}

“The events are free for individuals to attend. The budget for this event pays for space, light refreshments, video recording, video captioning, and a book raffle.”

Some of the other items on the budget include $8,000 for a “Diversity Survey,” $2,500 for a “Safe Zone,” and $1,000 for a “Cup o’ Justice.”

The “Cup o’ Justice” program seeks to “promote intergenerational and interdisciplinary dialogue about social justice, civil rights, and civic engagement.” The program has offered four to six speakers every year since its inception in 2014.

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