These States Are Pushing To Force Diversity, Equity And Inclusion Programs In Higher

As Republican-led states fight for laws to cut Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives on college campuses, other state legislatures are pushing to enshrine the programs into law, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported.

At least 29 bills have been filed in 17 states to crack down on DEI programs, but states such as New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey are debating legislation that would do the opposite, the Chronicle reported. DEI has become a point of contentionas state lawmakers grapple with the role the programs should have on campus, as Democrats argue that the programs help bolster diversity on campuses while Republicans challenge that they stoke division.

Republican state Rep. Alex Andrade, who sponsored the bill, rebuked the claim and previously told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the accusations use “politically driven rhetoric camouflaged as some type of high-minded ordeal about the marketplace of ideas” and that it does not “accurately portra[y] the purpose or effect of the bill.”

Ohio is also considering a bill that would reform several aspects in higher education including ending mandatory diversity statements and trainings, increasing course transparency through published syllabi and severing ties with China. In Iowa, a bill would prohibit institutions that are funded by the state Board of Regents from paying for DEI initiatives or hire DEI officers.
Utah, Florida and West Virginia have introduced bills that would prohibit use of diversity statements for admission or employment.

Collins, Quijano and Sanders Jr. did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

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