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Texas A&M, led by retired 4-Star USAF General, defies Texas DEI bans

From LTG Rod Bishop: Looks like our former CSAF is sticking with his pro DEI position–has yet to learn about its Marxist roots, history, lineage and intent–and it has been three years since we first engaged.  Somewhat surprising to me–but I don’t know him as well as you do.  Yet another example of someone not listening to the people. 

By Scott Yenor on Blaze Media:

Gov. Greg Abbott ordered state universities to end their diversity statement requirements earlier this year.

But a new investigation finds departments are still hiring based on ideological conformity and racial preferences.

Texas A&M has been playing a double game since its extensive commitments to “diversity, equity, and inclusion” were exposed last year.

On one hand, the university’s leaders have buried the radicalness of the programming so they could deny that A&M is practicing DEI.

On the other hand, leaders have redoubled their DEI commitments in defiance of an executive order from Governor Greg Abbott and the express will of the Texas legislature banning the use of DEI statements in faculty hiring.

Texas A&M’s interim president, General Mark A. Welsh, is openly defying the order.

Welsh has not only supported racially based hiring in the past but continues to think DEI bans are not in the “long-range” interests of society and that the policy will not change what the university does very much.

He has signaled to his faculty that DEI business can be conducted as usual. The faculty is responding to the unmistakable signals of the interim president.

Our investigation of job postings at Texas A&M and within the A&M system shows that Welsh’s comments have real-world implications.

Departments are still hiring based on ideological conformity and racial preferences.

Examples are legion on the Texas A&M website. Many jobs are not bothering to hide their defiance of the legislature’s will and the governor’s order.

Welsh’s former home, the Bush School of Government, which is hiring four tenure-track professors, asks candidates for a “cover letter” containing “past or planned contributions to advancing diversity.”

An IT manager must be a champion of “workplace diversity and inclusiveness.” A senior graduate student specialist must “work to enhance the diversity” of the students. An assistant professor of marketing must have a “demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion activities.” A technology specialist must promote “inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability.”

Nearly every application at Texas A&M-Commerce must “have an understanding and knowledge of multicultural and diversity issues.” I could go on and on. . . . .

. . . . The conclusion is obvious. Welsh wants to keep Texas A&M moving in the DEI direction.

The legislature won’t stop him. Only the Board of Regents has sufficient power to choose a different direction as it hires a new president.

There can be no question what A&M is getting if Welsh is retained: His actions speak louder than his words. . . . (read more on Blaze Media)

Texas A&M’s Interim President Historically Promotes DEI (Texas Scorecard, 31 Oct 23)

Gov. Greg Abbott tells state agencies to stop considering diversity in hiring (Texas Tribune, 7 Feb 23)
Abbott’s chief of staff Gardner Pate told agency leaders that using diversity, equity and inclusion policies in hiring violates federal and state employment laws, and hiring cannot be based on factors “other than merit.”

88(R) SB 17
. . . . Sec.A51.601.AAPURPOSE. The purpose of this subchapter is to prohibit institutions of higher education from requiring or giving preferential consideration for certain ideological oaths or statements that undermine academic freedom and open inquiry and impede the discovery, preservation, and transmission of knowledge.

What to know about SB 17, Texas’ anti-DEI law (Houston Landing, 24 Aug 23)
. . . What does SB 17 say? The bill prohibits all state-funded colleges and universities from establishing or maintaining diversity, equity and inclusion offices, and bans the hiring or assignment of an employee to perform the duties of a DEI office.

It also prohibits institutions from soliciting DEI statements from job candidates, or giving preference to any applicants “on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.”

And it bans any mandatory diversity training “implemented in reference to race, color, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation.” . . .

Texas governor signs law shutting diversity offices at public universities (Reuters, 16 Jun 23)

Texas lawmakers find consensus on bill banning diversity, equity and inclusion offices in public universities (Texas Tribune, 20 June 23)


Gen. Mark A. Welsh III was the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. As Chief, he serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general and other service chiefs function as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President.

General Welsh was born in San Antonio, Texas. He entered the Air Force in June 1976 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has been assigned to numerous operational, command and staff positions. Prior to his current position, he was Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe. . . .

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