DEI jobs, policies being eliminated at Texas universities to comply with new law

(The Center Square) – Diversity, equity and inclusion jobs and policies are are being eliminated at Texas higher education universities as administrators begin complying with a new law that went into effect this year.

SB 17, filed by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, bans DEI policies at higher education institutions. When introducing the bill last year, Creighton pointed to hiring policies at Texas A&M University and Texas Tech, which he said appeared to violate federal law, The Center Square reported. His bill passed the legislature last year and Gov. Greg Abbott signed it into law last June.

The new law requires state-funded colleges and universities in Texas to close all DEI offices, end all activities that discriminate against students based on race, ethnicity or gender, and eliminate diversity statements for job applicants and all mandatory DEI training. It went into effect Jan. 1.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick
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