In a message to students welcoming them to the new school year, University of Massachusetts School of Public Health Dean Anna Maria Siega-Riz went on a very opinionated leftist rant against pro-life laws, the end of racial preference college admissions practices, and conservative wins opposing the Left’s Critical Race Theory agenda.
“All you need to do is hop on social media and you’ll immediately be aware of the obstacles we face to fulfill our school’s vision to ‘serve, inspire, and improve the quality of life and health equity for the Commonwealth and beyond,’” begins the message, which was obtained through Young America’s Foundation’s Campus Bias Tip Line.
“Over the summer, we witnessed the SCOTUS decision and its domino effect on other policies in some states,” the message continues, referring to the Court’s landmark decision that prohibits racial preference practices in college admissions processes. “Anti-abortion laws that are increasingly impacting women’s access to safe and effective healthcare, and the attempts to reframe how slavery affected the lives of Blacks in this country, to name just a few examples.”
According to the findings of YAF’s recently released national poll of high school and college students, young people stand firmly against the use of race as a factor in college admissions. 66 percent of college students and 72 percent of high schoolers say that decisions should be made according to merit as opposed to race.
It’s very telling that this leftist administrator is willing to openly admit that her institution’s inability to discriminate on the basis of race, life-affirming laws throughout the nation, and the collapse of the Left’s divisive narratives are threats to its mission.
Why are Siega-Riz’ personal opinions the primary focus of her welcome email in the first place? This certainly doesn’t seem like a very welcoming way to greet the roughly 40 percent of UMass students who identify as ideologically moderate or conservative.