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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Natow

Influence of Executive Order on Diversity Training and Events in Higher Education Institutions

A little more than two weeks ago, the president issued an executive order that instructs executive agencies and federal contractors "not to promote race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating in the Federal workforce or in the Uniformed Services, and not to allow grant funds to be used for these purposes. In addition, Federal contractors will not be permitted to inculcate such views in their employees." Because many higher education institutions are federal contractors, some colleges and universities are considering the extent to which they must discontinue diversity training and other programming in multiculturalism and critical studies, Inside Higher Education reports this morning.

In the past several days, some higher education institutions and systems have been reviewing their policies and programming to determine whether they are in compliance with the executive order, and some have already announced a pause in diversity training and other programming, such as a Hispanic Heritage Month presentation that had been scheduled for next week at Illinois' John A. Logan College, in response to the executive order, as reported in Inside Higher Education. 

From Inside Higher Education: "A senior administration official who declined to be named from the White House Office of Management and Budget said Tuesday that the executive order 'is not limited to federal agencies and applies to federal contractors and grant recipients when allowed by law. Agencies should review their grant programs to use the discretion they have to apply the prohibitions to grant recipients.'”

Read the full executive order here.

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