(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) The Medical University of South Carolina is now allowing white students to enter the running for “diversity” scholarships after an investigation performed by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
The DOE opened the investigation into MUSC after watchdog groups complained about the exclusion white people and males from diversity scholarships, Breitbart reported.
Shortly after the investigation was opened, the school informed the DOE that it will allow white students to apply.
“The University informed OCR that the program is now called the Achieving Health Equity by Advancing Diversity (AHEAD) Visiting Student Program and that eligibility for the program is open to students regardless of race,” the DOE said a statement. “OCR verified that the University’s website now calls the program AHEAD, and that it no longer mentions race, color, or national origin.”
The AHEAD program used to be open only to students from “disadvantaged or marginalized backgrounds,” or “other students interested in diversifying the physician workforce.”
Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, who runs a medical watchdog group called Do No Harm, accused the scholarship board of attempting to embed Critical Race Theory into medical practices.
“Those who argue for the importance of diversity in the medical workforce and in admission to medical school place the interests of students and practitioners, particularly minorities, above the interest of patients,” he argued.
Mark Perry, a Do No Harm fellow and former professor at University of Michigan Flint, launched the initial complaint and subsequent investigation into possible violations for the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
As a school that receives federal funding, MUSC cannot prohibit discrimination based on race.
“Do No Harm is pleased that The University of South Carolina School of Medicine chose to eliminate its discriminatory and unlawful scholarships,” said Do No Harm spokesperson Laura Morgan. “This decision shows that they are well aware that adopting racially discriminatory admissions practices under the guise of inclusivity is not only lowering standards in the name of diversity, but is in violation of federal law.”