While the University of Texas at Austin continues to hike tuition rates and make college less affordable for everyday Texans, diversity bureaucrats are making a killing off the taxpayer dollar.
Analysis of the school’s 2017-18 budget shows that almost 6 million taxpayer and tuition dollars have funded the salaries and programs of UT’s Department of Diversity and Community Engagement every year since the department’s inception.
The university retains a veritable army of diversity bureaucrats, with the latest headcount standing at 94 employees expressly tasked with pursuing “diversity” on campus.
These employees are handsomely paid, with the top employee of the department, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement Leonard N. Moore, earning a salary of $306,342 every year, plus benefits. Moore is known for his “Black Power” class on campus, where he teaches that America is a “racist country” and advocates the US government provide financial reparations for African Americans.
And Moore isn’t the only official in the department making a large salary; around a dozen employees at the department make over $100,000 annually.
These highly paid employees are often tasked with far-left initiatives, such as operating the UT Gender and Sexuality Center which recently came under heavy criticism from taxpayers and lawmakers for piloting a program called MasculinUT. The initiative was designed to advocate the notion that traditional masculinity is a mental illness.
The previous president of the department, Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, also showed his political bias multiple times when he released a statement attacking the UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas after their property was destroyed by a leftist mob in October of 2016.
The funds that this superfluous department uses could be used for the benefit of the entire student body or used to help everyday Texans attend college, but instead it is used to push a racialized, far-left agenda. Indeed, almost 600 students could receive a free college tuition every year just by slashing the budget of this inane bureaucracy.
The fact that this bloated department endures as tuition increases are foisted upon the student body shows that UT is more interested in indoctrinating students than actually educating them.