The University of Texas at Austin is once again pushing radical gender theory and divisive racial ideologies on students.

Investigative journalist Christopher Rufo released a report detailing how the University of Texas at Austin’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion bureaucracy uses taxpayer funds to promote radical ideologies—including critical race theory, polyamory, and transgenderism.

Rufo shared a video of UT Austin’s former assistant DEI dean Skyller Walkes condemning color blindness.

“Color blindness—saying, ‘I don’t see color’—that means you’re saying you don’t see the individuals who are in fact identifying with their racial identity,” said Walkes. “Color blindness is not good because it’s invalidating. And it’s also dishonest.”

Rufo described Walkes’ statements as “state-funded activism and indoctrination.”

“Will you be the revolutionary? Or will you be the oppressor? Because we already know that our institutions in this country are systems of oppression,” said Walkes. “That is by design.”

The university removed Walkes’ biography from its website after Rufo posted the videos.

Rufo also highlighted a document from UT Austin’s Gender and Sexuality Center that described polyamory as “the practice of loving multiple people simultaneously.”

In non-possessive, honest, responsible and ethical polyamorous relationships, partners agree to share sexual and/or romantic love, choosing and communicating clearly among partners involved. People involved in polyamorous relationships often experience exclusion because current social norms dictate loving only one person at a time.

The guidebook also described polyfidelity as “a group in which all partners are primary to all other partners and sexual fidelity is to the group; shared intent of a lifelong run together.”

UT Austin’s GSC defined “commitment” and said, “Relational commitments may be made between any number of consenting folks.”

Rufo shared two other documents from the GSC entitled “Daily Effects of Cisgender Privilege” and “Daily Effects of Heterosexual Privilege.”

The handouts include statements that “heterosexual” or “cisgender” people can “usually assume,” including:

  • People do not disrespect me by using incorrect pronouns even after I’ve told them my pronouns.
  • When engaging in political action, I do not have to worry about the gendered repercussions of being arrested. (What will happen to me if the police find out that my genitals do not “match” my gendered appearance? Will I end up in a cell with people of my own gender?)
  • I will be able to find people of my sexual orientation represented in the UT staff, faculty, and administration.

UT Austin came under fire earlier this week for promoting the term “wimmin” in place of “women.”

The University of Texas at Austin is a public university overseen by the University of Texas System’s Board of Regents. Led by Chairman Kevin Eltife, all board members were appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott and confirmed by the Texas Senate.

However, some have questioned if UT Austin’s recent scandals will affect the upcoming board regent nomination approval process. Janiece Longoria and James “Rad” Weaver were both reappointed to the board and are awaiting Senate confirmation.

State Sen. Donna Campbell (R–New Braunfels)—chair of the Senate Committee on Nominations—and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have yet to respond to a request for comment on the issue.

UT Austin did not respond to a request for comment.

Katy Marshall

Katy graduated from Tarleton State University in 2021 after majoring in history and minoring in political science.