Kansas higher education board bans DEI statements for hiring and admissions

Kansas’s institutions of higher education will no longer be able to require diversity, equity, and inclusion statements from prospective students or staff, according to a measure approved by the state’s higher education board Wednesday.

Following pressure from state lawmakers, the Kansas Board of Regents amended the Board Policy Statement on Diversity and Multiculturalism to bar the Sunflower State’s six public universities from compelling an allegiance to DEI ideology.

“This is, again, our good-faith effort in trying to listen to the Legislature,” board chairman Jon Rolph said, according to the Kansas Reflector. “It’s not something central to our practice of wanting student success and trying to fulfill our promises to people when we invite them onto our campuses.”

The board adopted language, seemingly without an enforcement mechanism, that states, “No state university shall on its applications
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