Public Colleges Pay Thousands For Mandatory Diversity Training

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Public colleges are paying thousands of dollars for mandatory diversity training, according to a Sunday report.

Colleges across the nation are paying thousands of dollars for online diversity and inclusion training for students and faculty, according to The College Fix. Central Washington University and Virginia Tech paid $22,075 and $41,600 for the trainings, respectively.

“It’s fair to say that we are a rapidly growing company and that thousands of students and faculty in colleges and universities of all kinds and across the country have taken our courses,” said Alison Akant, DiversityEdu’s founder, to The College Fix.

The Virginia Tech version of the program, which is required for students at the university, states that students will learn how to define diversity, address assumptions and stereotypes, and deal with microaggressions.

“The overwhelming majority–between 85 and 95 percent–report that taking DiversityEdu taught them useful skills for managing assumptions, recognizing stereotypes and myths, and proactively assessing the impact of their communications, choices, and decisions,” asserts Virginia Tech’s page on the program.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to DiversityEdu, as well as San Diego State University, A.T. Still University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Washington University in St. Louis, four other client colleges of DiversityEdu, but received no comment in time for press.

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