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University of Florida eliminates all DEI positions in accordance with new law signed by Ron DeSantis

The University of Florida has become the first university to lay off its entire diversity, equity and inclusion staff following a new law signed by Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.

The university previously committed $5 million to support DEI implementation. However, it was announced on Friday The funds will be directed to a teacher recruitment fund.

desantis celebrated Announcement from his official social media account.

“DEI is toxic and has no place in public universities. We are glad that Florida was the first state to eliminate DEI and we hope more states will follow.” Tweeted.

Meanwhile, state Democrats were furious.

State Representative Yvonne Hinson said she was “surprised, but not surprised, by the exclusion of DEI employees at the University of Florida, my alma mater.” “The culture war being waged in the Republican-controlled Florida House of Representatives will continue until Floridians have had enough and develop the will and determination to overturn the Florida House majority.”

Rep. Diane Hart responded, “When are we going to stop this manufactured culture war that is literally taking away people’s lives?” “In an effort to prevent ‘indoctrination’ in the classroom, we have instead built an educational system that eliminates lies, falsehoods, and deceptive histories. Children are free to learn the truth of history, and humankind We can’t call ourselves ‘Free Florida’ without knowing the diversity of our state.”

A July report accused the University of Florida of underreporting its DEI efforts to hide the depth of support for radicalism on campus.

That same month, DEI experts and activists lamented the decline in interest and investment in DEI’s political agenda by businesses and corporations.

“2020 was a year where we definitely made progress, but we didn’t have a strategy, we didn’t have a plan,” business strategist Kim Clayton said at the time.

By some estimates, investment in DEI soared to $3.5 billion in 2020.

“It was a PR moment. Corporate blackface,” she added. “I told people at the time, ‘White guilt doesn’t last.'”

Companies accused of withdrawing support for DEI include Disney, Netflix, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Warner Bros. Discovery.

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