Southern Illinois U Med School Scholarship Discriminating Against Non-LGBTQI+ White and Asian Students Challenged By Equal Protection Project

by William A. Jacobson at

The Equal Protection Project (EPP) ( of the Legal Insurrection Foundation has challenged numerous racially discriminatory programs done in the name of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This discrimination comes in various ways, but the overarching theme is to exclude or diminish some people and promote others, based on race, color, or ethnicity. In just our first 10 months of operation, we have had a huge impact.

In the latest, we have filed a Civil Rights Complaint against Southern Illinois University School of Medicine for a scholarship program that discriminates based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Short version: White and Asian (non-Pacific Islander) students cannot apply for the Meares scholarship unless they are “LGBTQI+”.  So your straight white and Asian student whose “gender identity” aligns with their biological sex (“cisgender” in the gender studies jargon) cannot apply.