“It is our belief that the taxpayers of South Dakota would not approve of this type of activity being funded with tax dollars”
It’s about time someone took up this cause. Diversity administration is a flagrant waste of money in higher education.
Campus Reform reports:
SD lawmakers put ‘diversity offices’ on blast: ‘Taxpayers…would not approve’
South Dakota lawmakers are spearheading an effort to dig into campus diversity offices, suggesting they are too big and cost too much money.
In a letter to the South Dakota Board of Regents dated June 12 and obtained by Campus Reform, seven members of the South Dakota House and Senate describe how campus diversity offices often have very pointed political agendas.
“While beneficial programs for Native American students, and students of other diverse cultures should be preserved, the build-up of diversity offices which are used to promote social justice causes associated with the political left such as safe zone training, the biannual drag show, and social justice training, to name just a few, should be dismantled,” the letter stated.
According to the letter, diversity offices at South Dakota public universities are budgeted $5.9 million for FY 2019.
Republican state Rep. Sue Peterson, who sponsored a campus intellectual diversity bill in 2018 and pushed state schools to adopt policies on the matter, said that the officers are not making too much of a difference, according to the Argus Leader.
“Whatever they’re spending on the diversity offices, it isn’t making a very good impact,” Peterson said, according to the report.
“It is our belief that the taxpayers of South Dakota would not approve of this type of activity being funded with tax dollars,” the letter says.
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