Ron DeSantis Asks Florida University and College Systems to Report Expenditures ‘Related to DEI Programs and Critical Race Theory’
“as you know, UNF’s timely compliance is not optional”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is asking colleges and university systems in Florida to detail expenses related to diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and critical race theory.
Some academics in the state are clutching their pearls over this.
MEMO: All state university & college systems in Florida have been required to report expenditures and resources utilized for campus activities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and critical race theory. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/E4Z4zLuJgC
— Bryan Griffin (@BryanDGriffin) January 4, 2023
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports:
A Florida University Is Quickly Assembling a List of Courses on Diversity. Why? DeSantis Asked.
At least one Florida university has been asked to report its “expenditure of state resources” on programs and courses related to critical race theory and to diversity, equity, and inclusion, at the behest of Ron DeSantis, Florida’s Republican governor, according to an email obtained by The Chronicle. The move is likely to heighten fears among advocates of academic freedom in the state who worry that DeSantis is bent on curtailing professors’ speech in the classroom.
On December 29, Karen S. Cousins, the associate vice president of strategy and implementation in the provost’s office at the University of North Florida, emailed UNF deans with the subject line: “URGENT / New requirement from the Governor.” That same day, Cousins wrote, Moez Limayem, UNF’s president, had received an email from Ray Rodrigues, chancellor of the State University System of Florida. Rodrigues’s email included a memo from DeSantis’s executive office along with an “activity survey form.”
Cousins seemed to quote from the memo, writing that it is “a request for information ‘regarding the expenditure of state resources on programs and initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion, and critical race theory within our state colleges and universities.’
The request pertains to all programs and initiatives, including ‘academic instruction.’”
Cousins requested that the deans communicate with their associate deans and department chairs to identify the courses within their colleges that “contain DEI and/or CRT components.” She instructed them to include the course name and number, the number of credit hours, and the instructor of record and that person’s rank, along with other information. (She noted that the instructor’s name would not be included on the survey form.)
“We’re truly sorry to share this with you during Winter Break,” Cousins wrote. “However, as you know, UNF’s timely compliance is not optional.” UNF’s deadline to provide this information to the chancellor is January 10, she wrote.
This is the line that jumped out at me:
The move is likely to heighten fears among advocates of academic freedom in the state who worry that DeSantis is bent on curtailing professors’ speech in the classroom.
Oh. Now they care about free speech in the classroom?
This Florida rep. has her pronouns in her Twitter bio:
Despite HB7's implementation on higher ed being temporarily stopped by the courts, the Governor's efforts to censor higher ed & attack institutions of learning has continued, this time w/a memo targeting DEI programs.
Everyone should be alarmed by this, regardless of party. pic.twitter.com/k6zDRgJ54o
— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 (@AnnaForFlorida) January 4, 2023
DeSantis recently said that Florida is where ‘woke goes to die’ and apparently, he means it.
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