November 28, 2023

Iowa Board of Regents Votes to Curtail DEI in State Universities

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) took a success in Iowa when the state’s Board of Regents voted to curtail the observe in its college system.

In June, Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a invoice establishing a Board of Regents “commission to review Iowa’s DEI activities and recommend necessary changes,” in accordance to National Review. After assembly over the summer time, the board not too long ago approved ten suggestions that might primarily reverse the DEI phenomenon in universities.

The suggestions embrace eliminating university-wide “DEI functions that are not necessary for compliance or accreditation” and reviewing “all college, department, or unit-level DEI positions to determine whether DEI specific job responsibilities are necessary for compliance, accreditation, or student and employee support services.” It additionally requires the evaluate and doable elimination of “services provided by offices currently supporting diversity or multicultural affairs in other divisions of the university to ensure they are available to all students.” Per the National Review:

Notably, the steps the Board of Regents have adopted additionally embrace making certain that staff, college students, candidates, and campus guests will not be required to submit DEI statements or “be evaluated based on participation in DEI initiatives” except the place is one required for “DEI-related compliance or accreditation.”

The new guidelines additionally prohibit Iowa’s public universities from requiring that staff, college students, candidates, or campus guests present their most popular pronouns.

The trigger of DEI suffered a serious setback in 2023 when the Supreme Court voted to overturn affirmative motion (racial preferences) in school admissions. As Breitbart News reported:

While the Fourteenth Amendment applies solely to state governments — which incorporates state and native public universities — Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 additionally extends racial discrimination to establishments that settle for federal tax cash, reminiscent of in grants and tuition assist. That applies to nearly each personal college.

Students For Fair Admission filed a quantity of lawsuits towards private and non-private faculties. The Supreme Court ultimately took two of them: a problem to the admissions coverage of the University of North Carolina (UNC) beneath the Fourteenth Amendment and a problem to Harvard’s coverage beneath Title VI.

The Supreme Court held 6-3 that UNC’s coverage is unconstitutional and held the identical relating to Harvard’s coverage by a 6-2 vote. (Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson recused herself from the Harvard case.) Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the bulk opinion, joined by all of the conservative and reasonable justices.

Former President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court appointees — Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett — voted with the bulk.

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