A suspended Vanderbilt University associate dean has shared her transformation of a ‘white male’ student – while failing to acknowledge the ‘privilege’ that has landed her a $675,000 mansion.
Ultra-woke, Nicole Joseph, 52, was suspended from her position after making the callous decision to use AI software ChatGPT to generate a commiseration letter to students in the wake of a horrific mass shooting at Michigan State University (MSU).
But prior to the AI scandal, the former teacher had been bragging of her prowess at helping a white male student overcome his ‘privilege’ – while making no mention of the stunning four-bed, four-bath home she calls home.
The December 2021 post starts by describing the student who reached out to her privately to share his thoughts as ‘white, male, upper-middle class, heterosexual, and Christian.’
Joseph’s progressive politics and positions have come to the fore after she was given the boot for the ‘outrageous’ email – which she later said was a result of ‘poor judgment.’
She has been seen teaching seminars in which she talks to the impact of ‘whiteness’ on the black community and shared a post applauding her ability to single-handedly ‘catalyze change’ in the minds of people she deems the pinnacle of ‘privilege.’
A suspended Vanderbilt University associate dean has shared her transformation of a ‘white male’ student but failed to acknowledge her own ‘privilege’ in the post
While talking to this student’s inherited privilege Joseph, who lives in a four bedroom, four bathroom $675,000 mansion did not reflect on her own status
In the post Joseph posted the student’s ‘reflection’ following a course the educator had been running that semester.
Joseph appears to take a swipe at unchangeable characteristics of the student saying the combination of their identities ‘cannot get any more privileged.’
‘He is white, male, upper-middle class, heterosexual, and Christian,’ she wrote in the post.
‘One cannot get any more privileged than that combination of identities.
‘I share this to remind us that EDI [Equity, Diversity, Inclusion] work is for everyone and we can plant seeds for catalyzing change with ANYONE.’
The earnest letter from the unnamed student launches into a resounding thank you to Joseph who he said ‘made him aware of his absurd privilege.’
‘You me aware of my absurd privilege, but you did not discredit me or treat me differently because of it (even though I do not think it would have been unnatural to do so),’ the letter read.
Despite this, Joseph is seen doing just that, commenting that if it hadn’t been for her tireless work that this student would not have been able to ‘open their eyes.’
While talking to this student’s inherited privilege Joseph, who lives in a four bedroom, four bathroom $675,000 mansion did not reflect on her own status, upbringing or living situation which helped create a platform to make such changes.
It isn’t the first time Joseph has deemed herself holier-than-thou attitude, spouting ultra-progressive rhetoric in seminars held in the years before she was ‘outed’ for being insensitive in the wake of the mass school shooting.
The 52-year-old has built a career at the Nashville, Tennessee University researching how black women and girls develop their identity and how ‘whiteness’ and ‘white supremacy’ operate to influence that.
In a 2019 seminar, the embattled professor spoke to the experiences of black women and girls in mathematics and how it remains a ‘understudied line of inquiry.’
The two deans who signed off on the email – Nicole Joseph (left) and Hasina Mohyuddin (right) – have temporarily stepped down while the Peabody EDI office ‘reviews’ the situation
On February 16, the Vanderbilt’s Peabody Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion sent students an email reminding them to ‘take care of each other’ after the MSU shooting
Although the email came off as kind and caring, at the very bottom, it revealed it wasn’t written by a human. ‘Paraphrase from OpenAI’s ChatGPT AI language model, personal communication, February 15, 2023,’ it read
Joseph, is a critical race theorist and has lauded the work of ‘White Fragility’ author Robin DiAngelo (pictured)
She also hailed Robin DiAngelo – the highly-controversial author of ultra-woke ‘self-help’ book White Fragility – as ‘like a sister to me.’
Joseph stepped down from her role with the Peabody Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion while it ‘reviews’ an incident, in which she along with assistant Dean Hasina Mohyuddin, used AI software ChatGPT to write a commiseration letter.
While the letter in the wake of the horrific shooting at MSU was written sensitively, students were outraged to find it wasn’t written by a human – despite the persona Joseph projects publicly.
Poising herself as a caring and politically astute educator this shockingly did not translate when writing to students of the Vanderbilt University.
It remains unclear why Joseph along with Mohyuddin and graduate assistant, Chengxi Zhu, chose to generate the letter which was, albeit, heartfelt rather than putting time in to write it themselves.
Following the incident, Joseph sent a follow up apology email to the Peabody community obtained by student paper Vanderbilt Hustler which stated that they’d used ‘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,’ it 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.’
Just days after the incident Vanderbilt University’s Data Science Institute hosted a ‘lunchtime information session’ titled ‘Understanding ChatGPT.’
‘ChatGPT marks a groundbreaking step forward in artificial intelligence beyond the impressive technology, the program is generating controversy and conversation about its impact on academia,’ the description reads.
‘Vanderbilt University’s Data Science Institute is hosting a lunchtime information session entitled Understanding ChatGPT from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm on Monday, Feb. 20th, in Alumni Hall, Room 202.’
It remains unclear whether the session was spurred by the recent ChatGPT scandal which has rocked the university campus.
DailyMail.com has approached Joseph, Mohyuddin, Zhu and the University for comment.
It has not been confirmed, who sent the initial ChatGPT prompt, or what wording had been used to generate the email.
On Feb 16, Joseph signed off on an email to students reminding them to ‘take care of each other’ after the tragedy that hit MSU.
Vanderbilt University has since apologized for using artificial intelligence to write a 297-word email to students after the MSU shooting.
The long letter was signed off by two deans – Joseph and Mohyuddin. But the line at the bottom of the letter caused outrage among students.
‘Paraphrase from OpenAI’s ChatGPT AI language model, personal communication, February 15, 2023,’ it read.
ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence software that is capable of producing large amounts of text by giving the generator writing suggestions, where it pulls from ten of thousands of datasets to produce written content.
The email caused disgust among students reeling from the devastating mass shooting.
Anthony Dwayne McRae, 43, killed three students on February 13 at MSU before turning the gun on himself.
He terrorized the students for four hours on campus, killing Brian Fraser, 20, Arielle Diamond Anderson, 19, and Alexandria ‘Alex’ Verner.
Anthony Dwayne McRae, 43, killed three students Feb 13 at MSU before turning gun on himself
Alexandria ‘Alex’ Verner, a 2020 graduate of Clawson High School, was a biology and anthropology junior at MSU and set to graduate in 2024.
Brian Fraser, 20, graduated from Grosse Pointe South and was studying business at MSU.
Flavor of Love reality TV star Deelishis revealed her niece, Arielle Diamond Anderson, 19, was the third victim.
The three were killed and five others were injured when McRae opened fire at 8.18pm.
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