For-profit

365 Diversity

Website:

https://365diversity.com/

Location:

Baltimore, Maryland

Type:

For-Profit DEI Training

Founded:

2020

President:

Kimya Nuru Dennis

365 Diversity is a for-profit that provides diversity training and other services for businesses, schools, and other organizations. The company is led by Kimya Nuru Dennis, who describes herself as an “activist, sociologist and criminologist, educator, and researcher.” [1]

The company and Dennis have come under criticism for promoting theories that critics allege amount to anti-white racism. Dennis has criticized “European white scholars” and their role in shaping the educational system. [2] Dennis and her company have also been criticized for publishing social media posts appearing to target whites. [3]

While no contracts are publicly available as of November 2021, Dennis has claimed that she and her company have been hired to provide training for K-12 schools. She claims on her resume that she has helped to change courses, policies, curriculum, evaluation, and assessments for school districts and other organizations. [4]

Overview

In April 2020, Kimya Nuru Dennis registered a company called 365 Diversity, LLC as a for-profit business in Maryland. The previous year, she had complained about an offensive yearbook photo from 1980 at her alma mater, the University of Richmond. [5]

365 Diversity sells itself as offering to “measurable and lasting changes” to schools, businesses, or other organizations. The company will consult on every aspect of a company’s policies or processes including recruitment, retention, teaching and training, policies and procedures, and practices. [6]

The company offers various consultation packages for potential clients, ranging from 30 minutes to six hours. [7]

Leadership

365 Diversity was founded and is led by Kimya Nuru Dennis, who describes herself as “activist, sociologist and criminologist, educator, and researcher.” She has a background in academia. [8]

Dennis was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She attended public schools in Richmond. [9]

She received a bachelor’s degree in pre-law and political science with minor in criminal justice from the University of Richmond. She received a master’s degree in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and a doctorate in sociology from North Carolina State University. [10]

Dennis then began a career in academia culminating in becoming a department chair at Salem College before leaving to begin her company. [11]

She currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland and has written that she considers herself “childfree by choice.” [12]

Controversies

Dennis and 365 Diversity have received criticism for numerous racially charged social media posts and other public statements.

In January 2020, Dennis lost a contract with the Guilford County school system in North Carolina after some Twitter posts about her program were revealed. Dennis wrote that in nine training sessions and presentations with school principals and assistant principals, she has advocated for burning most of the books in the schools’ libraries. She also tweeted, “stop using white history, white mathematics, and white science as the foundation.” [13]

In June 2020, she was banned from LinkedIn for violating the company’s terms of service for posting anti-white statements on the website. On her company’s official Medium page, she accused LinkedIn of being a white supremacist organization. [14]

In March 2021, she tweeted that she blocks white people and added that there was nothing white people could say that is creative, profound, and intimidating. [15]

In June 2021, Dennis appeared on The Awakening Educator podcast where she criticized “European, white scholars” and talked about changing schools by “literally … chang[ing] everything that shapes the European, white version of invention, discovery, knowledge and testing knowledge which then, that goes to the whole standardized test process as well.” [16]

In October 2021, Dennis gave a lecture over Zoom titled “The Chat: A Deeper Look at Critical Race Theory.” [17]

References

  1. “365 Diversity.” Parents Defending Education. 2021. Accessed November 15, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/365-diversity/. ^
  2. “365 Diversity.” Parents Defending Education. 2021. Accessed November 15, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/365-diversity/. ^
  3. Abbott, Joel. “Check Out This Profoundly Racist Tweet From A College Professor That Twitter Allows For Some Reason”. Not The Bee. 2021. https://notthebee.com/article/check-out-this-profoundly-racist-tweet-that-twitter-allows-for-some-reason. ^
  4. “365 Diversity.” Parents Defending Education. 2021. Accessed November 15, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/365-diversity/. ^
  5. “365 Diversity.” Parents Defending Education. 2021. Accessed November 15, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/365-diversity/. ^
  6. 365 Diversity, LLC. Accessed November 15, 2021. https://365diversity.com/. ^
  7. 365 Diversity, LLC. Accessed November 15, 2021. https://365diversity.com/. ^
  8. “365 Diversity.” Parents Defending Education. 2021. Accessed November 15, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/365-diversity/. ^
  9. 365 Diversity, LLC. Accessed November 15, 2021. https://365diversity.com/. ^
  10. “365 Diversity.” Parents Defending Education. 2021. Accessed November 15, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/365-diversity/. ^
  11. “365 Diversity.” Parents Defending Education. 2021. Accessed November 15, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/365-diversity/. ^
  12. 365 Diversity, LLC. Accessed November 15, 2021. https://365diversity.com/. ^
  13. Green, Jordan. “GCS Quickly Cuts Ties With Equity Trainer After Lawmaker Expresses Concern”. Triad City Beat. January 22, 2020. Accessed November 15, 2021. https://triad-city-beat.com/gcs-cuts-ties-equity-trainer/. ^
  14. Dennis, Kimya. “Linkedin Is The Same White Supremacy As Facebook And Twitter”. Medium. June 29, 2020. Accessed November 15, 2021. https://medium.com/kimya-n-dennis/linkedin-is-the-same-white-supremacy-as-facebook-and-twitter-c090d89870b4. ^
  15. Abbott, Joel. “Check Out This Profoundly Racist Tweet From A College Professor That Twitter Allows For Some Reason”. Not The Bee. 2021. https://notthebee.com/article/check-out-this-profoundly-racist-tweet-that-twitter-allows-for-some-reason. ^
  16. “365 Diversity.” Parents Defending Education. 2021. Accessed November 15, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/365-diversity/. ^
  17. “365 Diversity.” Parents Defending Education. 2021. Accessed November 15, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/365-diversity/. ^
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