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Eugene

(62,178 posts)
Fri Dec 8, 2023, 06:30 PM Dec 2023

Wisconsin university system reaches deal with Republicans that would scale back diversity positions

Source: Associated Press

Wisconsin university system reaches deal with Republicans that would scale back diversity positions

BY TODD RICHMOND
Updated 2:56 PM EST, December 8, 2023

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Faced with a demand from Republican lawmakers to axe diversity initiatives or go without raises and other funding, Universities of Wisconsin officials announced Friday that they’ve agreed to freeze hiring for diversity positions, drop an affirmative action faculty hiring program at UW-Madison and create a position at the flagship campus focused on conservative thought.

Conservatives have long criticized the UW system as a bastion of liberalism. Democrats have accused Republicans of holding employees hostage by blocking pay raises. They argue that diversity initiatives enhance the collegiate experience and play a crucial role in identifying promising students who grew up with fewer resources. The fight in Wisconsin reflects a broader cultural battle playing out across the nation over college diversity initiatives.

“In recent years we’ve seen a growing emphasis on concepts that amplify ideas of division, exclusion and indoctrination on our campuses,” Assembly Republican Speaker Robin Vos, who brokered the deal with UW, said in a statement. “Our caucus objective has always been aimed at dismantling the bureaucracy and division related to DEI and reprioritizing our universities towards an emphasis on what matters — student success and achievement.”

Republican lawmakers in June refused to release funding for a new engineering building at UW-Madison and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos in October blocked pay raises for employees across the system until it cut spending on positions that promote diversity. Vos refused to allocate funding for the raises even though the state budget that Republicans approved this summer included a 6% raise over the next two years.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/universities-of-wisconsin-diversity-initiatives-republican-lawmakers-e371fae1d6adbe1616ae457a691d07fe

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Wisconsin university system reaches deal with Republicans that would scale back diversity positions (Original Post) Eugene Dec 2023 OP
The money flow for the Conservative on-campus think tank PlutosHeart Dec 2023 #1
DisGUSTING Leghorn21 Dec 2023 #2
war is peace... bahboo Dec 2023 #3
Horrible. Let's not help diversify and provide support for thst AllyCat Dec 2023 #4

PlutosHeart

(1,383 posts)
1. The money flow for the Conservative on-campus think tank
Fri Dec 8, 2023, 06:36 PM
Dec 2023

will be the end of the University and also the destruction of the whole area.
This is an appalling development.

AllyCat

(16,516 posts)
4. Horrible. Let's not help diversify and provide support for thst
Fri Dec 8, 2023, 11:29 PM
Dec 2023

Because republicans are extorting money from students. May every WI GOP rot in hell.

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