The #Florida State Board of Education has introduced stringent regulations aimed at restricting the use of public funds for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programs, activities, and policies across the state's 28 college campuses.
These regulations prohibit Florida College System institutions from utilizing state or federal funds to administer programs that categorize individuals based on race or sex for the purpose of differential or preferential treatment. This move, according to the board, is intended to prevent taxpayer funds from promoting DEI initiatives.
Governor #RonDeSantis recently signed a bill into law that eliminates DEI programs in publicly-funded schools in Florida. Additionally, the State Board of Education has replaced the course "Principles of Sociology" with one in American History to provide students with a more factual account of the nation's past, avoiding what they term as "radical woke ideologies."
DeSantis has been vocal about targeting DEI initiatives during his second term, and this latest announcement aligns with his agenda. Critics argue that these actions are politically motivated and that they undermine efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. Some students and Black leaders have expressed concerns that these changes may make campuses less welcoming to minorities.
The nonprofit Equality Florida has criticized the State Board of Education's rules, claiming that they go beyond what is required by existing legislation and amount to a politically motivated attack on diversity programs in the Florida College System.
We believe that fostering an inclusive and equitable society is essential for dismantling systemic oppression. We stand in solidarity with those advocating for the preservation of diversity programs and condemn politically motivated actions that may hinder the pursuit of a more inclusive and equitable educational environment for all students, regardless of their background.