A bill progressing through the Iowa House of Representatives would halt a “woke agenda” in the state’s colleges by banning diversity, equity and inclusion spending, the legislation’s sponsor said.
“For too long, the DEI bureaucracies at our institutions of higher education have been used to push a woke agenda on the faculty, staff and students,” Iowa state Rep. Taylor Collins told Fox News. “Under the guise of diversity and inclusion, these programs work to indoctrinate students into their preferred political ideology.”
House File 616, which passed a House committee last week, would prohibit the state’s public universities from spending money on DEI offices or on employees working in positions centered around race, gender identity or sexual orientation. Courses, research, student organizations and guest speakers on those topics, however, would still be allowed.
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