DEI ‘Leader’ Accused of Plagiarism

( – In a bombshell revelation, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) leader Natalie Perry is facing allegations of plagiarism in her doctoral dissertation at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Perry, who leads the Cultural North Star program to foster an inclusive culture within the UCLA School of Medicine and serves on the medical school’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Team, has remained silent following the accusations detailed in recent reports.

The allegations arose after whistleblowers accused the medical school of admitting underqualified racial minorities under DEI policies, claiming that “a third to a half of the medical school is incredibly unqualified.”

Perry’s dissertation, titled “Faculty Perceptions of Diversity at a Highly Selective Research-Intensive University,” completed at the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2014, allegedly contains plagiarized content from ten different papers.

According to investigations by The Daily Wire and City Journal, she frequently used words from other scholars almost verbatim without proper citations. In one reported instance, Perry copied a passage nearly 1,000 words long from another work without acknowledging the original authors.

Although Perry’s dissertation does contain some citations, there are instances where the material is taken directly from other sources without appropriate references.

A specific example highlighted involved a paragraph where Perry is accused of changing only one word—substituting “types” for “examples”—without using quotation marks or citing the source.

Moreover, the ongoing investigation has not yet prompted any form of acknowledgment or response from UCLA or Perry, even after several attempts to obtain comments through emails and phone calls over the recent weeks.

UCLA had recently praised Perry on its social media platforms for her empathetic approach to leadership and education, stating she is “prioritiz[ing] … empathy and radical listening to achieve her success as an educator and a leader.”

Meanwhile, the University of Virginia, where Perry’s dissertation was submitted, is actively investigating the plagiarism allegations.

Brian Coy, a spokesperson for UVA, emphasized the seriousness with which the university views these accusations. “The university takes concerns about research integrity seriously. We are aware of these allegations from 2014 and we are initiating an investigation according to our process.”

He further continued, “[W]hile federal student privacy laws prohibit us from commenting on any specific case, the university does have the ability to revoke degrees in cases where plagiarism or other qualifying forms of misconduct are identified and proven.”

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