It’s not enough for the University of Virginia to become an incubator of wokeness and let its ideas seep into the broader community. Now it is proactively exporting its leftist ideology. The latest initiative is the Equity Cohort, a shared project of the Virginia Institute of Government (VIG) and the School of Data Science.
“The core of local government is public service, of course, but there’s also the question of service for what?” said Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Siri Russell. “The fact of the matter is, I’ve never lived in an equitable community. I’ve never been able to see it. It’s almost like a thing that you’re aspiring to. This dream where your race, your ethnicity, your age, your gender, your income does not define your outcomes.”
And what does Russell propose? WVIR News says this: “She wants to see more governments creating and staffing equity offices, as well as implementing more equitable policies.”
The Virginia Equity Cohort held an open call for applications across Virginia this fall. Participants are encouraged to have expertise in local government, but more important is a passionate commitment to “the wellbeing and quality of life in their communities through equity and inclusion.”
“This is an opportunity for individuals to build a broader understanding of what taking action can look like in their community,” Russell explained.
The UVa Data Science department highlights the program here. The article does not say how much in public funds will be devoted to this initiative. However, it does say that the VIG will fund the Equity Cohort “at no cost to the participants.”