Colleges have become cesspools of left-wing political activism and wokeness.
Florida is where woke goes to die.
And a woke college folded like a cheap suit in this big fight with Ron DeSantis.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) departments have taken root in colleges across the country.
These departments have nothing to do with a college’s educational mission.
DEI is left-wing indoctrination that includes radical gender ideologies, Critical Race Theory (CRT), and other woke propaganda.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is on a mission to uproot wokeness from the state’s public universities to refocus their mission to education.
The Florida Board of Governors – which oversees the state’s university system – voted overwhelmingly to ban taxpayer money from being used for DEI initiatives, including “political or social activism.”
Federal or state funding can’t be used for initiatives or campus activities that “advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion as defined in this regulation; or promote or engage in political or social activism as defined in this regulation.”
Florida dropped the hammer on DEI and all eyes turned toward colleges to see if they would fight it.
New College of Florida – a public liberal arts school – fought DeSantis tooth and nail after he replaced the school’s left-wing board of trustees to return the college to its mission of classical education.
Florida International University – a public university located in the Miami area – waived the white flag of surrender and announced that its Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion would be shut down.
“In keeping with State of Florida legislation, the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) has been eliminated,” Florida International website says. “FIU remains committed to cultivating an environment of accessibility and equal opportunity, where all are welcomed to learn, earn, and thrive.”
“DEI (Discrimination, Exclusion and Indoctrination) has no place in our public universities,” DeSantis said in reaction to the closure.
DeSantis is making good on a promise he made last year to dismantle college DEI “bureaucracy.”
“All DEI and CRT bureaucracies in the state of Florida – no funding, and that will wither on the vine,” DeSantis said in January 2023. “We don’t want students to go through, at taxpayer expense, and graduate with a degree in zombie studies and so this is gonna make a difference.”
DEI initiatives have become the backbone of the left-wing indoctrination that colleges use to target impressionable students.
The Florida governor and his administration have been cracking down on it at colleges and in K-12 education in the state.
Ron DeSantis took a sledgehammer to wokeness at public universities and that will serve as a blueprint for the rest of the country.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.