Another public Texas university is promoting critical race theory and other divisive racial ideologies to students.
A new report from investigative journalist Christopher Rufo explains how Texas A&M University is expanding its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts across all college departments in a “stunning process of ideological capture.”
Rufo shared documents from A&M’s Office of Diversity describing the university’s Academic Affairs Climate and Diversity Committee, which is implementing the school’s “Diversity Plan.”
Another document shows how university leadership embraced the idea that Texas A&M is a “systemically racist institution” following the racial unrest sparked by George Floyd’s death in 2020.
Racism, hate speech, safety, and belonging issues are evidence of systemic, cultural problems that are enduring trends at Texas A&M.
While the Office of Diversity is mainly responsible for spreading CRT, Rufo posted a video clip from a guest lecture at Texas A&M’s School of Dentistry, in which University of Texas Professor Robert Jensen called the United States a “white supremacist society.”
Other academic departments in the university have also committed to embedding “discussion of DEI and anti-racism throughout the undergraduate curriculum.” The Department of History started developing a “Black Lives Matter” special topics course, while the Department of Sociology adopted a land acknowledgment statement.
Rufo shared a presentation from Texas A&M DEI officials that claimed “white centering is a form of privilege” and instructed people to “stop centering whiteness in response to Black pain.” One slide, entitled “Dual Pandemics: COVID-19 and Systemic Racism,” featured links to news articles implying that both Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz support “racist” policy.
The presentation also claimed that DEI’s role in university affairs was to “take a progressive stand on issues of social justice.”
A report from Dr. Scott Yenor of the Claremont Institute alleges that Texas A&M has spent millions expanding DEI programming. In addition to allocating $5 million for diversity officers’ salaries, Texas A&M spends more than $11 million on other diversity programming.
While Texas A&M invests in DEI, the Texas Legislature is considering measures to ban the practice.
Earlier this week, the Texas House Higher Education Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 17, which would prohibit public universities from establishing a DEI office, using DEI criteria in their hiring practices, or requiring employees or prospective employees to attend DEI trainings.
Although the issue is one of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s legislative priorities, the House committee left SB 17 pending.
Texas A&M University is a public university overseen by the Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents. Led by Chairman Bill Mahomes, all board members were appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott and confirmed by the Texas Senate.
Texas A&M did not respond to a request for comment before publication.