Vanderbilt University 'Diversity' Deans Used ChatGPT to Write Letter Grieving MSU Mass Shooting

Chris Menahan
Feb. 22, 2023

Two Deans with Vanderbilt's Peabody Office of Equity, Diversion and Inclusion used ChatGPT to write a letter to students grieving over the mass shooting at Michigan State University last week.

From The Vanderbilt Hustler, "Peabody EDI Office responds to MSU shooting with email written using ChatGPT":
A note at the bottom of a Feb. 16 email from the Peabody Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion regarding the recent shooting at Michigan State University stated that the message had been written using ChatGPT, an AI text generator.

Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Nicole Joseph sent a follow-up, apology email to the Peabody community on Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. CST. She stated using ChatGPT to write the initial email was "poor judgment."

"While we believe in the message of inclusivity expressed in the email, using ChatGPT to generate communications on behalf of our community in a time of sorrow and in response to a tragedy contradicts the values that characterize Peabody College," the follow-up email reads. "As with all new technologies that affect higher education, this moment gives us all an opportunity to reflect on what we know and what we still must learn about AI."
Indeed, the issue here is with the AI, not yourself and Assistant Dean Hasina Mohyuudin.

TVH continues:
Laith Kayat, a senior, is from Michigan, and his younger sister attends MSU. He stated that the EDI Office's use of ChatGPT in drafting its email is "disgusting," a sentiment that Bethanie Stauffer ('22) emphasized.

"There is a sick and twisted irony to making a computer write your message about community and togetherness because you can't be bothered to reflect on it yourself," Stauffer said.

[...] "They release milquetoast, mealymouthed statements that really say nothing whenever an issue arises on or off campus with real political and moral stakes," [Senior Jackson Davis] said. "I consider this more of a mask-off moment than any sort of revelation about the disingenuous nature of academic bureaucracy."

[...] "Itís hard to take a message seriously when I know that the sender didn't even take the time to put their genuine thoughts and feelings into words," [sophomore Samuel Lu] said. "In times of tragedies such as this, we need more, not less humanity."
There aren't many jobs which could be replaced by ChatGPT at the moment but "diversity officer" is one that definitely could be.

Telling students they need to learn to "do better" to create a "safe and inclusive environment" after a PoC goes on a mass shooting is a classic Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DIE) talking point.

It reminds me of the time New Statesman political editor George Eaton responded to a Muslim terrorist running over dozens of people on the London Bridge by hailing the "magnificent diversity" of the victims.

Perhaps ChatGPT is more powerful than I originally thought!

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