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Stanford Law School Diversity Dean Who Encouraged Students To Heckle A Federal Judge Makes As Much As $200,000 A Year

Stanford University in Palo Alto-Ca.
Stanford University in Palo Alto-Ca.

Stanford Law School Diversity Dean Who Encouraged Students To Heckle A Federal Judge Makes As Much As $200,000 A Year

Alexa Schwerha on March 20, 2023

A Stanford Law School (SLS) dean who berated a federal judge while his March 9 campus speech was heckled by student protesters could be raking in a six-figure salary, according to a document obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Tirien Steinbach appeared to encourage students to protest Federal Judge Kyle Duncan, who was hosted by the student organization the Federalist Society, during his remarks which were disrupted by student protesters. Steinbach’s position was posted in August 2020 and is rated as a “grade K” salary scale, according to the listing, which translates to a salary ranging between $95,000 and $201,200, the Free Beacon reported.

“A grade is assigned to every staff job at Stanford,” Stanford’s salary structure webpage reads. “The Staff Salary Structure reflects these levels and their associated competitive regional market ranges.”


Steinbach’s lowest proposed salary would put her in the top-fifth of U.S. earners, data from Don’t Quit Your Day Job, a finance and investing website, shows. Postdoctoral Fellows at Stanford earn an average salary of $82,270, according to Salary.com.

Duncan called for an administrator to intervene after being repeatedly interrupted by student protesters during his speech. When Steinbach took over the podium she told him that his work has “caused harm” and that the response to “speech that feels abhorrent, that feels harmful, that literally denies the humanity of people” is to have “more speech and not less.”

Judge Duncan event at Stanford from Ethics and Public Policy Center on Vimeo.

She later asked him to consider whether his remarks, which were about COVID, guns and Twitter, was worth “the pain that this causes and the division that this causes.”

SLS Dean Jenny Martinez wrote in a March 11 apology to Duncan that Steinbach failed to enforce Stanford policy which prohibits disrupting speaker events and that she “intervened in inappropriate ways that are not aligned with the university’s commitment to free speech.”

Universities often shell out high salaries to DEI employees.

The University of Michigan (UM) spends more than $18 million on its 142-person staff dedicated to advancing DEI on campus, an analysis conducted by UM emeritus professor Mark Perry revealed. Ohio State University spent more than $13.4 million to employ 132 DEI-based positions during the 2021-2022 academic year, Perry reported.

SLS did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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