University Spends $40,000 on Diversity Training

The University of Arkansas spent more than $40,000 on a single diversity training program.

A diversity training program at the University of Arkansas cost more than $40,000. The program was available for all students through blackboard and is called “OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts.” The training course was not required to be taken by students but recommended and available to all students.

From The Daily Caller: 

The program entitled, “OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts,” is a free “30-minute training,” and “not required,” but recommended. It is “available on Blackboard for students, faculty and staff,” according to a February news release from the university. The training teaches participants how to “gain communication skills,” in order to better promote “inclusion and respect.”

“The objectives of the training are to understand the impact of stereotypes and biased statements even when spoken casually, identify the most common reasons people stay silent in the face of bias and stereotypes, and enhance skills for speaking up against stereotypes without blame or guilt,” a description of the training reads.

“The course has five parts: a review of basic concepts and terms, a video on the impact of hurtful stereotypes, ways to respectfully speak up when you hear demeaning comments, a practice session and a final assessment.”

The contract for the training which was obtained by Campus Reform states that the university reportedly paid at least $40,680 for the training. (RELATED: Robin DiAngelo Diversity Course Instructing People To ‘Be Less White’ Removed From LinkedIn)

The university defended the training saying that measures like this help create a safer campus environment for everyone. Regardless, $40,000 is a step price to pay for a 30 minute training course no matter what its for.

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