Diversity “Training” Coming to VMI

by James A. Bacon

In the waning days of the Northam administration, the Virginia Military Institute has issued a Request for Proposal for “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Consultation and Training.” The due date for submitting proposals is December 14. The period of the contract will extend from the date of the award through June 30, 2023.

The services solicited in the RFP include:

  • DEI training that includes “guidelines, cultural sharing, … bias intervention programs, and DEI language that best fits the VMI community.”
  • Opportunities for individuals to “embrace DEI concepts, explore allyship, and a framework for lifelong learning.”
  • Discussions of cultural and identity oppression in the context of current culture as it relates to VMI.
  • Design and execution of an “organizational DEI cultural assessment” while “understanding the VMI philosophy.”
  • Ongoing DEI support within the ranks of Institute executives.

View the full RFP here.

An addendum explains that the contract should be viewed in the context of the Inclusive Excellence Plan adopted by Superintendent Cedric Wins and the Board of Visitors in response to allegations of systemic racism enumerated by the Barnes & Thornburg investigation. That investigation was ordered by Governor Ralph Northam after a series of Washington Post articles alleging systemic racism at the military academy.

Key goals of the Inclusive Excellence Plan are to achieve a more “diverse and inclusive” student body, faculty, staff and administration and to create an environment that “affirms and respects diversity and employs inclusive practices throughout its daily operations.”

The contractor is expected to provide “coaching” to “confront bias” primarily for VMI executives and the Board of Visitors but also “with limited coaching for Inclusive Excellence Committee, and DE&I advocates and allies.”

An RFP addendum appears to apply a left-wing frame of reference known as “intersectionality” of race, sex, and gender with the following language: “Understand and respect the intersecting identities, customs, traditions, and cultural norms within the local community, nationally, and abroad. Awareness of the assumptions and biases I hold about people of different cultures than one’s own. Engage with others to gain a broader perspective of the social environments of their lives.”

Bacon’s bottom line: Have fun with this one, Mr. Youngkin!

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12 responses to “Diversity “Training” Coming to VMI”

  1. DJRippert Avatar

    When was the RFP issued? From today to Dec 14 is 6 calendar days. If this RFP was issued recently it is most likely wired to a known company. Do we have another case of NAH, LLC?

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      That still only leaves 28 days until inauguration to award.

      Now, I know that the State can be faster at this than the Fed (none faster than a City with undesirable statuary) but still 28 days with Xmas and NY22 in the middle? They’d have to fast walk it, AND add a huge cancellation fee just for insurance.

      BTW, my experience with Fed contracting has been “If it ain’t signed before Thanksgiving, it won’t be signed before mid-January.”

    2. Baconator with extra cheese Avatar
      Baconator with extra cheese

      Nope. It’ll most likely be Charlottesville based Skeo.

  2. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    In 38 days His Excellency, King Ralph becomes a mortal again. Attention king you can’t do anything on a non business day. So you really have just 28 days of moonwalking left.

  3. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Last shot at Ralph. Then, you’re gonna have to blame Wins or bite your lip.

  4. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    What you missed James, is the virtual 8(a) set aside. 20 pts for small woman owned or distadvantaged? What chance does a country boy have any more?

  5. George  Walton Avatar
    George Walton

    Through 2023 really means in perpetuity. instead of giving the race hustlers an undeserved windfall, why not task the cadets, with faculty advisors, to devise a plan/program to attract minorities and improve race relations? And dispense with all that irritating diversity terminology. Afraid they might come up with something that is practical and works?

    1. killerhertz Avatar

      Why do they have to attract minorities? I don’t understand this obsession with forced diversity.

  6. Merchantseamen Avatar

    VMI will never produce another George Marshall or any other upstanding graduate. They are infected with this cult drivel that is carried over into the military, political and the halls of business. Just more of the likes of King Ralph the KKK, who in effect destroyed his Alma Mada.

  7. Baconator with extra cheese Avatar
    Baconator with extra cheese

    Once they start down this road it won’t be long until the uniforms come off, the Rat line is made extinct, and the Honor Court is disbanded. Those three things alone don’t jive with social justice.
    They’re better off shutting the place down and using the building to house undocumented people from wherever. Besides Lexington could use an infusion of population diversity.

  8. John Deere Avatar
    John Deere

    I wonder if the successful bidder can talk to WAPO reporter Shapira to come clean about his family’s past with the family distillery and slavery.

  9. What are the metrics of success/ failure for this most recent DIE exercise?

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