Amid Tech Layoffs, Executives Weigh Suddenly Controversial Diversity Initiatives

The drama and division that afflicted school boards this past year may be coming to medical schools next – as the medical school rating outfit battles with dissident professors and activist groups over diversity and inclusion initiatives.

As corporate executives consider hiring freezes and layoffs – even at tech giants like Amazon, which announced its first layoffs in more than a decade this week, and Facebook, whose parent company Meta announced layoffs of 11,000 tech workers – typically marketing, HR, and diversity workers are targeted first. Given the political battles raging at public high schools and colleges and now medical schools, executives might want to weigh more carefully whether it is prudent to trim “soft” jobs that are disproportionately held by women and minorities.