Ron DeSantis just showed the diversity, equity, and inclusion staff at the University of Florida that he means business

Mar 8, 2024

Ron DeSantis campaigned on a promise to take back Florida’s educational system from the woke Left.

From elementary schools to universities, DeSantis is restoring academic excellence in Florida’s educational system.

And Ron DeSantis just showed the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) staff at the University of Florida that he means business.

DeSantis Kills DEI

Ron DeSantis continues to show Republicans how to fight and win against the Left in the culture war.

The Florida Governor vowed to make the Sunshine State be the place where “woke goes to die” and is so far following through on his promise.

During his State of the State Address this year, DeSantis stressed the importance of placing academic excellence above the Left’s woke indoctrination.

He specifically took aim at diversity, equity, and inclusion programs during his speech.

DEI programs prioritize race and gender identity politics and are used to push the woke agenda in schools, on college campuses, and corporate boardrooms.

And the DEI staff at the University of Florida just received an email informing them that their positions had been eliminated.

“You’re Fired!”

According to a copy of the email sent to the staff, the University of Florida is shutting down its “Office of the Chief Diversity Officer,” eliminating “DEI positions and administrative appointments,” and ending “DEI-focused contracts with outside vendors.” 

“HR will work to fast-track the interview process and provide an answer on all applications within the twelve-week window,” the email read.

The DEI staff will receive 12 weeks of pay and can apply for a job at the University in another department. 

But it was not just the staff who got the ax.

The email also said $5 million that previously went to DEI expenses was being redirected into a “faculty recruitment fund.” 

Emmitt Smith is Furious

Of course, the move sent left-wing activists into a fit of rage.

This includes NFL legend Emmitt Smith, who starred at the University of Florida before joining the Dallas Cowboys.

“I’m utterly disgusted by UF’s decision and the precedent that it sets,” Smith wrote in a statement. “Without the DEI department, the job falls to the Office of the Provost, who already has their hands full, to raise money for the university and continue to advance the academic studies in athletic programs.”

“We cannot continue to believe and trust that a team of leaders all made up of the same background will make the right decision when it comes to equality and diversity,” he continued. “History has already proven that is not the case.”

But Ron DeSantis did not mince words in a post announcing the move on social media.

“Florida is where DEI goes to die,” DeSantis said in response on Friday.

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

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