Two Virginia universities scrap DEI requirements after Youngkin audit

By Carver Malone | May 15, 2024

Undergraduate students

Two Virginia public universities have abandoned their proposed diversity, equity, and inclusion mandates following an assessment conducted by Governor Glenn Youngkin's administration.

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Virginia Commonwealth University and George Mason University decided to withdraw their proposals for mandatory diversity, equity, and inclusion courses for undergraduate students following concerns raised by Youngkin that the "core curriculum mandates that are a thinly veiled attempt to incorporate the progressive Left’s groupthink."

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The VCU Board of Visitors voted 10-5 in a public meeting to reject a "racial literacy" requirement just before the fall 2024 academic semester, which was supposed to include the mandate. On the other hand, GMU opted to postpone the implementation for a year. The majority vote at VCU included appointees from the administrations of two Democrats, former Govs. Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam, as well as from Republican Youngkin. While the courses will still be offered, VCU will not enforce mandatory participation.