Indiana State University, a red-state taxpayer-funded institution with an endowment of $70.1 million, spent tens of thousands of dollars to co-sponsor an education conference that is giving a platform to critical race theory activists.
Financial documents reviewed by The Federalist upon receipt of a public records request show Indiana State has funneled a total of $95,000 to Black Expo, Inc., a far-left nonprofit. The group hosts an annual education conference for primarily public school and public university teachers. This year’s conference is titled “Education Equity: The Role of Schools and Universities in Leveling the Playing Field.”
For the 2021 conference, the documents show, Indiana State sent $27,500 to Black Expo, the same number as its contribution last year, and just shy of its $40,000 contribution in 2019.
As The Federalist reported earlier, Black Expo’s conference slated for July 13 to 15 will feature Dena Simmons and Dr. Bettina L. Love. The “anti-racist” speakers, who frequently lecture on “systemic racism” and “white privilege,” will deliver keynote speeches for an unknown sum.
Tanya McKinzie, president of Black Expo, declined to say how much Simmons and Love are raking in. Instead, McKinzie said the conference “presents an opportunity to explore approaches to enhance culturally responsive culture in our schools and universities.”
Simmons will lecture on “psychological and emotional safety through emotional intelligence, cultural responsivity, and anti-racist practices,” and Love on “the struggles and the possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom, as opposed to reform, and moving beyond what she calls the educational survival complex.”
Neither Simmons nor Love responded to The Federalist’s request for comment.
As a benefit of sponsoring this year’s conference, Indiana State is receiving an advertisement blitz and the ability to participate directly in the conference. Receipts show the $27,500 earns the taxpayer-funded institution the following.
“ISU listed as a co-sponsor of the Education Conference” “Opportunity to conduct a workshop during the Education Conference” “ISU’s logo on video screen signage” “ISU’s logo included on all e-blast marketing advertising the event” “ISU’s logo included in the program” “A print ad will be included in
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