Talk about an immense waste of money.
It was reported by Campus Reform this week that UCLA has put 18 students on the payroll at $13 an hour to lecture their peers on “social injustices” and “privilege and oppression.” To come up with the money, the prestigious public school is taking funds out of the Students Services Fee, which costs every student more than $1,000 a year. There is no option to skip paying this fee and remain enrolled at the university. Essentially, UCLA is not only force-feeding this nonsense to their students, they’re actually forcing the students to pay for their own liberal indoctrination.
Now ask us why we’re still surprised at this insanity. We couldn’t tell you.
From Campus Reform:
Hosted by the UCLA Intergroup Relations Program, the Diversity Peer Leaders project is a year-long internship during which students facilitate workshops on social justice issues in exchange for leadership training and compensation from UCLA.
According to the job application, each DPL is paid $13 an hour in exchange for working 30-45 hours during each of UCLA’s four academic quarters, including summer.
If all students put in just 30 hours per quarter, the program would cost at least $28,080 annually, but if all the DPLs were to work the maximum hours, the cost would rise to at least $42,120 per year.
It’s one thing for the university to promote an atmosphere on campus that discourages bullying and racism and what not, but let’s not confuse the issue. Even a cursory glance at the kinds of “social justice” programs and philosophies being taught at colleges today will show you that this goes well beyond any common-sense ideology. This is about teaching students that “whiteness” is bad, that white people are responsible for all of the ills of today’s society, and various other culturally-divisive lessons that do nothing but foment resentment and anti-white racism.
UCLA is one of many universities that appears to have learned the wrong lessons from the Black Lives Matter shutdowns from a couple of years ago and the school/classroom shutdowns that socialist mobs have created in the ensuing years. They think that by giving these leftist crazies a bone here and there, they can avoid the controversies that have engulfed schools like the University of Missouri. The truth is, of course, that for every inch they give, the mob will demand a mile. They are sowing the seeds of their own destruction, and they don’t even seem to know it.
Oh well, UCLA, don’t say nobody warned you.