Alabama lawmakers pass sweeping college and public school DEI ban

The Alabama legislature has sent a sweeping diversity, equity, and inclusion ban to Gov. Kay Ivey’s (R-AL) desk that would bar the race and gender ideology in universities, public schools, and other state institutions.

Lawmakers in the Yellowhammer State sent Senate Bill 129 to Ivey on Tuesday, and it awaits a signature. The bill would prohibit state promotion of DEI and other “divisive concepts,” dealing a blow to the $16 million bureaucracy built around the ideology at state universities.

The legislation said neither state agencies nor schools can support DEI-related programming or mandatory DEI pledges for faculty, staff, and students. At least eight public universities in Alabama have dedicated DEI programs, according to

Such “divisive concepts” include the idea that “any race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity,
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