The State of Maine has posted a hiring ad for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) coordinator for the procurement division of the Bureau of Business Management, a division responsible for acquiring office supplies and interacting with contractors.
“This critical position ensures Procurement’s commitment to utilizing diverse contractors that are representative of the communities we serve throughout Maine,” says the hiring ad.
The new DEI hire will ensure that the state hires “diverse,” meaning non-white, contractors, and will review every vendor contract to ensure that it adheres to the policy on diversity and inclusion, which the new hire will help to create.
The starting pay for the new DEI position is $59K-$80K, with a slew of benefits, including over forty paid days off in the first year of employment.
The Bureau of Business Management is part of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, which handles budgets and finance.
That department also has a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging Specialist, Shiva Darbandi, in the talent management division of its Bureau of Human Resources.
Darbandi is currently working on a PHD on “intangible cultural heritage,” “intergenerational knowledge ” and “diaspora foodways,” according to her government bio.
Maine’s Department of Education (DOE) recently hired Ayesha Hall as the Director of Strategic Partnerships, another DEI position making $80k as a starting salary.
According to payroll records for 2022, Maine also employed Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Margaret Brownlee at the Dept. of Education; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager Roy King at the Dept. of Corrections; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager Leana Amaez at the Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Maine has also established a Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous & Tribal Populations, which has six employees working for the DEI focused commission.
Maine’s expansion of its DEI program comes as Harvard President Claudine Gay has been heavily criticized for her refusal to explicitly condemn antisemitic harassment on her campus and the discovery that she had plagiarized much of her academic writing.
As president of Harvard, Gay made increasing the school’s DEI programs, a top priority and oversaw an admissions program that discriminated against white and Asian students, a system which was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gay’s DEI programs removed many images and names of white men from prominent places in the school, and pushed students to internalize the ideas of “white privilege,” “male privilege,” and “white fragility.”
As Gay has increasingly become the subject of intense media coverage, some commentators have questioned whether the imbroglio represents a turning point in American institutions’ decades-long obsession with DEI.
According to a report from CNBC, even left-wing tech companies are trimming their DEI departments.