Senator J.D. Vance sent a scathing letter to Ohio demanding action against DEI initiatives – LSB

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Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) posted on social media an open letter to the next president of Ohio State University, urging the new chancellor to abandon “diversity, equity and inclusion” mandates.

Vance, an Ohio State alumnus, accused the school of using racial justice rhetoric to mask “racial hatred” in staff hiring and curriculum.

“Today I wrote to the leadership of The Ohio State University, a university I love, to ask about the disturbing rise of racial bias on campus,” Vance said of the letter posted on social media. “If universities continue to push racial hatred, euphemistically called DEI, then we need to look at funding it.”

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J.D. Vance speaks on stage during CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) Texas 2022 at the Anatole Hilton. (Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“I am writing to express my frustration with the culture at my alma mater, Ohio State University, and to understand how that culture may change once you become its president,” the senator’s letter said. “In particular, I am concerned by recent news reports that considerations relating to ‘diversity, equity and inclusion’ have been integrated into recruitment practices and curricula at the University.”

Vance cited an analysis of Ohio State public records published in the Wall Street Journal that found diversity considerations to be a major factor in undergraduate hiring in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Vance claims he had previously been in contact with university officials, who assured him, he says, that the focus on fixed characteristics like race and gender would be removed in favor of a more standardized hiring process.

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“However, I recently learned that the problem here may go beyond hiring practices. And once again, a public records request has revealed that the university’s core function — this time teaching — has been compromised in the name of the DEI doctrine.” Vance wrote. “It turns out that earlier this semester, undergraduate students at Ohio State were asked to ‘empty the invisible bag’ of privilege, including ‘white privilege,’ ‘heterosexual privilege,’ and ‘healthy body privilege.’”

Vance pressed incoming President Walter Carter Jr. to hold a meeting about the continued use of DEI ideology at the school.

Specifically, Vance is demanding clarification on whether Carter would allow discrimination based on ideological viewpoint and whether the next president would allow race- and identity-based classes in college courses.

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The Ohio State University logo above Ohio Stadium at sunset, during a summer day on the Ohio State University campus. (Steven Zinner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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“I will direct my staff to schedule a meeting as soon as possible to discuss these and other matters,” Vance’s letter concluded.

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