Posted on June 5, 2023

Virginia Military Institute’s Chief Diversity Officer Resigns as Some Alumni Push Back Against DEI Initiatives

Nicole Chavez, CNN, June 2, 2023

Jamica Love, the first chief diversity officer at the Virginia Military Institute, has resigned, the college’s superintendent announced on Thursday.

“She has been singularly focused on preparing our cadets for the world which they will enter after graduation and making VMI an inclusive institution for any interested and qualified prospective cadet, faculty, or staff member,” retired Army Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, the superintendent of the state-run military college in Lexington, wrote in an email {snip}


In his email, Wins assured the school leadership remained committed to three principles established after the investigation into racism allegations.

Those principles are creating and fostering a more diverse school; “a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment”; and maintaining “a safe, rigorous process for escalating issues which have even the potential to violate the Code of a Cadet,” according to Wins’ email.


The announcement comes after some alumni have spoken against DEI initiatives and their implementation for months. {snip}