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- Kansas Senate Republicans are trying to ban the state’s public colleges from using diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, statements in hiring decisions.
- State Sen. JR Claeys last week successfully introduced an amendment to the budget bill that would prevent public institutions from relying on DEI statements, which typically involve job applicants detailing their commitment to diversity. Claeys said online message these statements promote “perpetual sacrifice, resentment and division”.
- Liberal lawmakers was against the moveand could face a veto from the state’s Democratic governor, Laura Kelly. However, Republicans hold majorities in both legislative chambers and could override the veto.
Republicans in several states have targeted DEI’s statement as part of their campaigns to broadly challenge diversity initiatives in higher education.
Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, objected to them. Proposed legislation in the Sunshine State prohibits public institutions from relying on them for hiring.
Public higher ed networks in Texas — Texas A&M University, University of Texas and University of Houston systems — also recently stopped using DEI statements after Gov. Greg Abbott’s office notified public institutions and state agencies last month that DEI’s hiring practices violated state and federal employment. laws.
Abbott, a Republican, said state agencies cannot use any factors other than merit in hiring.