Top University’s Spending On ‘Diversity’ Grew 66% In Just One Year

by Brandon Poulter at

The University of Michigan’s (UM) spending on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) increased about 66% from the 2022-2023 school year, according to an analysis by Mark Perry, a senior fellow at Do No Harm.

The school’s DEI payroll for the 2022-2023 school year came in at $18 million, but increased to over $30 million for the 2023-2024 academic year, according to Perry’s analysis. UM’s DEI department had 132 full-time diversity employees in the 2022-2023 school year and now has over 300.

More than 500 positions at UM advance DEI in some fashion at the university, including those who work full-time or part-time on DEI, unfilled positions, DEI Unit Leads and faculty that work on DEI Committees, Perry told the DCNF.

“UM is doubling down on diversity,” Perry said.

As a part of the school’s 5-year academic plan, the university’s 19 academic schools and colleges and its 32 non-academic units will also implement DEI plans, according to the report.

“This forced compliance to UM’s diversity orthodoxy is not only very expensive in terms of dollars and wasted human resources, but is troubling because it’s the exact opposite of true intellectual and viewpoint diversity and is in fact compelled uniformity of thought,” Perry told the DCNF.

Tabbye Chavous, UM’s chief diversity officer, has a salary of $402,800,, while the governor of Michigan makes less than $160,000.