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Princeton University Created Racial, Sexual Orientation Search Tool For Vendors

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Chrissy Clark Education Reporter
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Princeton University created a “diversity” tool that allows staff and faculty to choose vendors and suppliers based on their physical attributes and sexual orientation, according to a letter from the school’s Office of Finance and Treasury.

A screenshot of the tool obtained by the President of the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology, Richard Hanania, exposed publicly what the tool, released in November 2021, looks like exclusively to Princeton faculty and staff, according to the letter.

Options for vendor selection are categorized by race, gender, and veteran status, according to the screenshot. Faculty and staff at Princeton can select from businesses labeled “Minority Business Enterprise,” “Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual & Trans Enterprise,” “Veteran Business Enterprise,” “Woman Business Enterprise,” and “Other Business Enterprise.” A separate tab allows faculty and staff to pick suppliers based solely on their ethnicity.

A report from the Washington Free Beacon noted that the tool was released just months after the school pledged to direct just over 10% of its expenditures to diverse suppliers and firms. The tool is part of Princeton’s multi-year plan for promoting racial diversity.

Other elite universities such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania offer similar supplier diversity programs, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

While universities nationwide are dumping millions of dollars into diversity programs, one study from McKinsey & Company found that the outcome of such programs for college-aged minorities is bleak. The study, published July 18, concluded that Black, Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander students “‘have worse academic outcomes as measured by graduation rates’ compared to their white and Asian counterparts.” (RELATED: Harvard’s ‘Legacies Of Slavery’ Report Openly Brags About The Ivy’s Racist Admissions Policies)

Princeton University did not respond to the Daily Caller’s request for comment.