NAS Report Demonstrates That the Use of DEI Language in STEM Fields of Study Has Surged Since 2010

Did science become a victim of ideology? Not necessarily. A new study measures the extent to which Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) has increased its reach into a world that was previously unaffected by these things.

For those who believe that science should remain purely science and who also believe that any number below 5,000 is low, this data is positive.

The study, which was released last month, is an “ideological intensification” study by the National Association of Scholars (NAS) that “documents and quantifies the growing prevalence of DEI-associated language in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in the United States.” According to the NAS, between the years 2010 and 2021, DEI in education increased by a whopping 2,000+ percent:

“Our findings show that DEI-related language has increased significantly in all STEM sectors over the last decade, and exponentially so within the last few years. DEI indicators linked with STEM have risen 2,600 percent compared to a decade ago on university websites, with similar trends observed in social media content.”

The government is working to help:

“This increase has been catalyzed, in part, by significant increases in government spending. The two principal funders of scientific research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), increased DEI-related research spending by roughly 300 percent in one year alone (2020–2021).”

Publishing is contributing to the cause:

“This increase is also visible in scientific publications, with DEI-related language rising up to 4,200 percent between 2010 and 2021.”

We've witnessed evidence of this overall DEI surge in the headlines: “College Eyes Teaching Math and Science Through the Prism of Colonialism and White Supremacy,” “Medical Journal Apologizes for Its Empowering Call to ‘Bodies With Vaginas’,” “To Root Out Racism, Elite High School for Science and Technology Ends Merit-Based Admissions,” “Professor Claims There Are Two Sexes, All but One of Her Graduate Students Walk Out,” “Harvard Professor Insists There Are Two Sexes, Colleague Is ‘Appalled’,” “Professor Gets Kicked out of Neuroscience Group After Suggesting There Are Two Sexes.”

Returning to the report, the NAS credits one particular social aspect for STEM's DEI growth. From a press release:

“The study finds that college and university websites incorporating DEI and STEM terms were 26 times more frequent in 2021 than they were in 2010. NSF funding for so-called “antiracist” themes more than tripled from 2020 to 2021. Similar trends are visible in the scientific literature. The study notes that much of this increase was likely triggered by the Black Lives Matter movement, as evidenced by the rapid spike in incidence in the summer of 2020.”

Academia has been influenced by that year’s events in a variety of ways. At the University of Florida, for instance, the faculty formed a 2020 alliance that was devoted to the “survival” of “Black folx” in the wake of “countless murders of Black people at the hands of white supremacy.”

If extinction is on the horizon, then it would be sensible that its prevention would be more important than science.

Can America's STEM revolution bring us better times? Whatever the case, one thing is certain: not everyone is taking part in it. (Hint: China.)

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