Why Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) degrees are on the rise in colleges

  • A growing number of colleges offer bachelor’s or master’s degrees in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • The trend is in response to increased demand for DEI experts – and comes amid backlash against diversity initiatives.
  • Program courses vary but tend to be interdisciplinary, covering topics ranging from history to business management.

Anyfern González, an undergraduate student at Bentley University near Boston, changed majors four times before settling into a relatively new degree program.

Its chosen curriculum is that offered at a few other institutions: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, or DEI.

The term has become controversial. More recently, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis proposed scrapping DEI programs from public universities in the state on the grounds that they are too ideological. But at their core, advocates say, these programs aim to help different groups achieve representation, participation and a sense of belonging.

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