DEI Gets Canceled In Red State

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( – On Friday, the University of Florida announced the termination of all diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) positions in compliance with a new law that bans state colleges from using federal or state funds to cover the expenses for these programs. 

In January the Florida Board of Education implemented the rule claiming that the strict regulations on the College System in the state were focused on the usage of tax funds in order to support these programs. The board had argued that these programs categorized people based on their sex and/or race for them to receive preferential treatment. 

On Friday, the leadership of the college argued that they had shut down the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, had gotten rid of DEI positions and administrative appointments and they had stopped all DEI-related contracts. 

Those employees of the university who have lost their jobs as a result of this move are going to receive the standard twelve weeks of severance pay and have been encouraged to look for other positions currently open at the university. 

The school’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer is going to be using the $5 million that was previously used for these programs to fund expenditures, salaries, and retirement funds of other employees. 

The memo continued by pointing out that the University of Florida continues to be committed to universal human dignity” and that they would continue to foster a community that respected all members of the nation. 

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