Quincy Davis: The easiest red flag [for admissions] is “I don’t believe DEI is that valuable.”
Journalist: “How many people have you deterred away from the school because they weren't aligned with DEI?”
Quincy Davis, DEI Director, Mount Tamalpais, CA: “It’s in the hundreds.”
Journalist: “Can’t you mislead some of the donors so you can still get their money?”
Quincy Davis: “To an extent… just slow play it, keep slow playing it, keep slow playing it. And by the time they finally realize you slow played it, they've already donated their money.”
In this follow-up to Part One of our investigation into elite American private schools and their adoption of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Project Veritas met a DEI administrator who blocks interested families from school admission if they don't fall in line with controversial DEI principles.
Meet Quincy Davis, Director of Equity and Inclusion at Mount Tamalpais School (MTS) in California, who was hired to ensure various perspectives and backgrounds are fostered at the private school with a $40K+ annual tuition.
In a conversation with an investigative journalist, he described working together with the Admission Department to implement a DEI screening processes for interested school applicants.
In a brazen confession, Davis explains that he defies the stated goals of DEI – to give every family an equal chance of admission – because in practice, he has blocked “hundreds” of families from admission due to their differences in perspective on the value of DEI.
Davis may be unprincipled, but his next admission revealed a more concerning deception. He described how MTS misleads donors about their true DEI objectives to get their money.
“But the other way to do it is by just simply saying, ‘Hey, we hear exactly what you're saying, we're gonna take this into account,’ and just slow play it, keep slow playing it, keep slow playing it… And by the time they finally realize you slow played it, they've already donated their money.”
Finally, Davis admits that Mt. Tamalpais School is fully vested in moving forward with DEI, and any families who disagree can take their money elsewhere.
Mt. Tamalpais relies on donations to meet the 10% gap in its annual operating budget, soliciting $1 million in community support each year.
Is Mt. Tamalpais so flush with cash from DEI-aligned donors that they can afford to so easily block families with different perspectives from admission? Time will tell.
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