[Ed. – Your tax dollars at work.]
The federal government is awarding more than half a million dollars in taxpayer money in the form of grants to fund a study examining “safe zones” designated for engineering students who identify as members of the LGBTQ community.
A grand total of $587,441 is being spent by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to finance a joint study titled “A Virtual Community of Practice to Promote LGBTQ Inclusion in Engineering” – a research project that includes the creation of an online Safe Zone course devised to offer inclusion training for engineering students, as well as for engineering professionals nationwide.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars to examine a possible problem?
According to NSF, the possibility of some gender-confused students feeling a bit uneasy about the acceptance of their sexuality while taking engineering courses warrants an investment of nearly $600,000 in taxpayers’ money.
“Recent research on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals in engineering has shown that the climate can be unfriendly (or ‘chilly’) for both students and professionals,” NSF’s award abstract reads. “This project aims to increase the inclusion of LGBTQ students and professionals in engineering.”