Iowa’s three public universities will be expected to scale back diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, which have garnered massive criticism in more conservative circles, after the state’s Board of Regents approved 10 recommendations to make the cuts last Thursday.
“There are several programs that are, by policy, open to all students, but as they’re marketed they could create a perception that they’re not available to all students,” David Barker who sits on the Iowa Board of Regents said, according to local outlet Iowa News Now.
“And so we’re asking that universities reexamine that marketing and how these programs are presented to students to make sure that it’s clear to everyone that these programs are available for all students.”
According to the same outlet, Board of Regents member Nancy Dunkel argued the move “micromanages” universities’ decisions and imposes “new political intrusions.”
However, those supporting the measure argue non-DEI related resources would …