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University Of Wisconsin System Rejects Proposal To Put Diversity Hiring Practices On Ice

The University of Wisconsin System (UW) Board of Regents narrowly rejected a proposal Saturday that could have halted diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) hiring practices, according to the Daily Cardinal.

The proposal would restructure DEI positions at some universities into student success positions in exchange for raises for employees and $800 million in funding for project construction. according to To the Daily Cardinal. The board rejected the proposal on a 9-8 vote, and UW System President Jay Rothman rejected the proposal. Posted On X, formerly known as Twitter, he said he was “disappointed” by the decision. (Related: More than 70 lawmakers call for elite university president to be fired after disastrous hearing)

“Ultimately, I believe this proposed agreement was in the best interest of the University of Wisconsin,” Rothman wrote. “While we are disappointed, we respect the board's decision.”

If approved, the bill would require the university system to suspend hiring for DEI positions for three years, and nearly one-third of the 130 DEI positions would be laid off, according to the Daily Cardinal. Each high school in Wisconsin will guarantee admission to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to the top 5 percent of students in the school.

The system would receive $800 million from the state Legislature for employee raises, construction of a new engineering hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and other projects, the newspaper reported.

Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers announced in November that he would sue the Republican-controlled Legislature for withholding raises for UW System employees that amounted to more than $32 million in estimated funding for DEI.

“I'm a born and raised Wisconsinite, and what I know for sure is that Wisconsinites expect our elected officials to govern, we expect us to get things done, and we expect our elected officials to govern. It's that they expect their government to work for them and work for them, and of course it's not “against them,'' Evers said.

The board did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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