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Texas DEI Ban Leads to Mass Layoff at UT Austin

Texas is taking a stand against the woke ideology infiltrating publicly funded institutions by giving the pink slip to DEI employees.

In a bold move, the University of Texas at Austin has handed pink slips to at least 60 employees entrenched in the divisive world of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), all thanks to a groundbreaking Texas law that put the brakes on DEI bureaucracies in public universities. This legislation, Senate Bill 17, championed by Governor Greg Abbott and the Republican stronghold in June 2023, has effectively outlawed the establishment of DEI offices and the appointment of DEI czars across Texan public colleges.

Under the decisive leadership of UT Austin’s President Jay Hartzell, the university has taken bold steps to align with SB 17, illustrating Texas’s commitment to educational excellence free from the encumbrances of divisive DEI programs. By closing the Division of Campus and Community Engagement, UT Austin is making a definitive statement against the proliferation of identity politics in academic settings. This move redirects resources from DEI initiatives back to the heart of academia: teaching and research, thereby reinstating these foundational pillars as the cornerstones of higher education.

Texas‘s action is a beacon for conservative values, underscoring a critical realignment towards merit-based education and away from the ideological quagmires that have besieged our universities. This is a resounding victory for common sense over ideologically driven distractions, and other states should follow suit. The reshuffle at UT Austin signifies a broader paradigm shift, with Texas at the helm, advocating for a return to educational integrity. It’s a courageous move that could potentially inspire a national renaissance in higher education, restoring its core mission to enlighten and empower students through knowledge, not indoctrinate them with the latest social theories.

By prioritizing academic excellence and critical thinking over DEI orthodoxy, Texas is not just preserving its educational heritage but also setting a standard for the rest of the nation to consider. This shift away from DEI’s overreach is a clear message from the Lone Star State: education should be an arena for fostering intellectual growth and innovation, not a battleground for cultural and political ideologies. As this movement gains momentum, it could very well catalyze a nationwide reconsideration of what we value and promote within our halls of learning, ensuring our universities remain beacons of knowledge, not echo chambers of divisiveness.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.