In a significant move, the University of North Carolina's (UNC) medical school has dismantled its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) task force without acting on its recommendations. The move arrives on the heels of the university's decision to omit DEI statements from admissions, hiring, promotions, and tenure considerations. UNC's DEI Task Force, tasked with incorporating social justice into the institution's curriculum, has been decommissioned. The now-discarded recommendations partially drew from the Association of American Medical Colleges' DEI protocols. These protocols sought to educate students on topics such as "Unconscious Bias Awareness," "Understanding and Responding to Microaggressions," and "Understanding that America's medical system is structurally racist." Earlier this year, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), an organization dedicated to safeguarding free speech on college campuses, corresponded with UNC concerning its DEI initiatives. In response, UNC revealed its intention to disband the task force, stating there was "no plan to implement the Task Force's recommendations now or in the future." The university further elaborated that extensive review and revision would be obligatory if these recommendations were reconsidered in the future. This stipulation was predicated on the university's new guidelines, prohibiting UNC from demanding employees or applicants to affirmatively express views about beliefs, affiliations, ideals, or principles regarding contemporary political debate or social action as prerequisites for admission, employment, or professional advancement. [tweet_embed]June 01, 2023[/tweet_embed] Against this backdrop, Color Us United, an organization championing a race-blind society, initiated a campaign in January, urging the university to withdraw its DEI policies for medical school staff and students. The group's strategy involved lobbying school trustees, advancing bills to the state legislature, and educating the public via social media. Subsequently, in February, UNC's Board of Governors voted to ban DEI statements and compelled speech from deliberation in the admission, hiring, promotion, and tenure process. Before this alteration, UNC's medical school applicants must submit a statement demonstrating their commitment to DEI. In the previous version of UNC's School of Medicine Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure (APT), a statement was mandated as part of the Curriculum Vitae (C.V.). This statement was intended to outline efforts in each area, including the impact of work, philosophy and style, team-based projects, and mentee interactions. Commenting on this development, Color Us United President Kenny Xu told Fox News Digital, "We're proud of UNC's decision to reject the DEI framework that lowers the quality of doctors and inundates their students with ideologies that have nothing to do with what is medically necessary." He added that their next goal is to bring UNC's decision to other medical schools nationwide to rid medicine of DEI's perceived divisive influence. Xu also affirmed that his organization would continue overseeing UNC's School of Medicine to ensure DEI training and curricula are not further propagated. Additionally, Xu pointed out that UNC is the first medical school to discard its DEI framework without legislative interference. "It is important to note...because it shows that we convinced key decision makers on the merits of revoking DEI, and showed its harmful consequences on employees, student education, and the public," he added. Xu also revealed plans to present on the medical school's DEI programs at the July UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustee meeting.