ETSU Doubles Down On Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Efforts After Acknowledging Lack Of Positive Outcomes

May 1, 2023 | Political News

East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is “shooting for the moon” with updated diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts outlined in the institution’s strategic plan through 2026.

Strictly based on The University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s DEI infrastructure trajectory over the last several years, it looks like ETSU could achieve a fully built-out DEI infrastructure within the next three years. 

It was recently reported that in ETSU’s April 3rd edition of their Office of Equity and Inclusion Newsletter, the school’s VP for Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Keith Johnson, reflected on the lack of positive outcomes regarding DEI efforts and suggested that there should be consequences if an institution does not achieve DEI performance goals. 

This year, the Tennessee General Assembly considered a few pieces of legislation, including HB1376/SB0817 and HB0158/SB0102, to combat DEI efforts in both higher education and K-12 education.