Wharton Business School Students Can Now Get A Major In Diversity, Equity And Inclusion Thanks To Four Democrats

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University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School approved two new majors that promote left-wing social movements pushed by the Democratic Party and its donors, according to a press release from the business school.

The university’s Curriculum Innovation and Review Committee approved “Environmental, Social and Governance Factors for Business” (ESG) and “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” (DEI) as majors. Undergraduates and MBA students will be able to select these majors beginning in 2023, according to the press release.

Wharton faculty claim that the decision to add the majors was a “response” to students’ interest in the subject area. Classes in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion major reportedly focus on “equality and discrimination” and the role diversity plays in the law.

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The press release announcing the new majors credited four faculty members with facilitating the program’s creation. All four faculty members are aligned with the Democratic party, according to a public records review conducted by the Daily Caller.

Witold Henisz, the Director for the ESG Initiative, contributed more than $3,000 to Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Joe Biden, according to Follow The Money. Corrine Low, a professor of business economics and public policy, and Lori Rosenkopf, the vice dean of entrepreneurship, also contributed exclusively to Democratic campaigns.

Nancy Rothbard, the business school’s deputy dean, is a registered Democrat in Pennsylvania, according to the Caller’s review of public records.

A spokesman for the College Republicans at the University of Pennsylvania told the Caller that although members might have “personal issues” with the new areas of study, the club encourages the school to continue innovating as corporate America pushes DEI and ESG initiatives.

“We are not defending the creation of such concentrations and may hold personal issues with socio-political developments within the areas of study as incorrect, discriminatory, and short-sighted,” a spokesman said. “However, our view is that classes relating to ESG and DEI address and educate students on many issues in corporate America and the government, where many students choose to work after graduation worldwide.”

The University of Pennsylvania did not respond to the Caller’s request for comment.