Los Angeles, CA - September 27: Students participate in a club rush event at East Los Angeles College on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA.
Whether it’s the Supreme Court’s recent decision to gut affirmative action or threats made against companies that take race into account in their hiring practices — the war on DEI is clearly heating-up. In August, six California community college professors filed a lawsuit to halt the state’s new rules on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility.
In their lawsuit, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression argued that the new rules violated their First Amendment rights, by pressuring faculty to promote anti-racism. “The DEIA Rules forsake debate for top-down conformity, requiring faculty to endorse contested concepts such as “anti-racism...California Community Colleges’ new rules use the heavy hand of the government not to encourage debate about diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility policies, but end it,” argues the lawsuit. The lawsuit also raises concerns about how this could impact tenure and employment for professors who don’t comply.
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