Even as companies all across corporate America are laying off thousands of "diversity, equity and inclusion" (DEI) hires, UUMS is funneling wads of cash into the pockets of speakers whom critics say "grift off academic institutions" while spouting their left-wing political ideology.
In November, UUMS spent $15,000 to cover speaking fees and travel costs for Daniel Dawes, a public health "expert" who spoke on DEI at the school. Another was Evan Adams, an actor and physician at Canada's First Nation's Health Authority, who received $3,000 for a lecture on "indigenous health issues."
All of this was brought to light via a public records request from Do No Harm, a group that campaigns against the left-wing invasion and takeover of American medicine.
"The University of Utah should be spending its money on something worthwhile," said Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, the group's board chair. "To indoctrinate its staff and its students in concepts that are pure political ideology isn't fair to Utah's taxpayers, nor will it benefit the students."
(Related: The University of Florida College of Medicine is likewise pushing "woke" CRT and other anti-white curriculum on students.)
The University of Utah is hardly alone in its DEI endeavors, despite massive corporate layoffs in the private sector. All across the West, Goldfarb warns, a "whole industry of consultants has grown up to grift off academic institutions in the name of DEI."
"This nonsense needs to stop," he says.
In a statement, UU spokeswoman Rebecca Walsh said that none of the speakers were paid using student tuition fees.
"Daniel Dawes is a well-regarded expert in the field of health equity and the social determinants of health," she wrote in an email. "The University of Utah regularly engages speakers on a wide range of topics, regardless of viewpoint."
While Dawes himself did not respond to media requests for comment, Adams told the Daily Mail Online that his critics are simply trying to "silenc[e] discourse on reform" and "cancel" him.
"If African American babies die at twice the rate of white American babies, and this cannot be discussed openly, and the status quo is enforced, how do any of us sleep at night?" Adams wrote in a defensive email.
"Our job is to help – even if the public minimizes our realities and talks over us," he added.
An author and Covid-19 "advisor to the White House," Dawes took in $13,000 in speaking fees after taking a first-class flight to the event, which included a fancy hotel stay and even chauffeured rides to and from the forum event, which was called "The Political Determinants of Health and How We Can Change Them."
Dawes has also written two books, one called 150 Years of ObamaCare and the other called "The Political Determinants of Health." He was personally involved in architecting the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, as well as other federal government schemes in the United States.
Adams, meanwhile, is a member of the Tla'amin First Nation. He spoke about Canada's efforts to address "historical violence to American Indian and Alaska natives and how their health continues to suffer."
The average UU student graduates with debts in excess of $300,000, according to Dr. Mark Greenwood, president of the Utah Medical Association. A semester's worth of medical school at the public university costs about $35,000.
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