'This Is The Way': UNC Chapel Hill Bans DEI Programs From Campus, Diverts Funds To Campus Police

On Monday, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Board of Trustees voted to end the college campus's diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs and divert the funds to the campus police department after weeks of anti-Israel demonstrations engulfed the campus.

The board of trustees voted unanimously to move $2.3 million in funding from DEI offices to the campus police, with Board Chair David Boliek explaining that there needs to be more focus on educating. "My personal opinion is that there's administrative bloat in the university," Boliek explained to The News & Observer. "Any cuts in administration and diverting of dollars to rubber-meets-the-road efforts like public safety and teaching is important."

"It's important to consider the needs of all 30,000 students, not just 100 or so that may want to disrupt the university's operations," the board chair added, as reported by Fox News.

Other members of the board explained that the change will lead to more dialogue and unity on campus. "I think that DEI in a lot of people's minds is divisiveness, exclusion and indoctrination," Marty Kotis, vice chair of the budget and finance committee on the trustee board, said, as reported by WUNC. "We need more unity and togetherness, more dialogue, more diversity of thought."

The university's decision is yet another stepping step in the fight to end DEI programs in colleges and universities nationwide. The UNC Board of Governors, the body overseeing all public universities in the Tar Heel State, is expected to consider restricting DEI next week, which could lead to the DEI offices being completely eliminated on all UNC campuses.

If the motion passes through the UNC Board of Governors, North Carolina will follow other states like Texas that have ended DEI programs and offices in public universities. Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) praised the move by UNC Chapel Hill, writing on X, "This is the way." The Lone Star State governor signed legislation last year that shuttered DEI offices across the state.

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