“at FIU we face unprecedented challenges on a number of fronts that threaten to weaken our student body and disempower us as student leaders”
The battle over DEI policies may be happening in education, but it is a political issue and the left knows it.
Campus Reform reports:
FIU student body prez says defending DEI is top priority
The Student Government Association (SGA) president at Florida International University (FIU) said that combatting the state’s ban on DEI was a top priority.
In his State of the Student Body address on Aug. 28, SGA President Alexander Sutton outlined his three major priorities for student government this year: defending DEI, reforming student government, and restoring Panther pride.
Sutton called the state of the student body “dire.”
“I say that not to inspire any unnecessary anxiety or for dramatic effect, but because at FIU we face unprecedented challenges on a number of fronts that threaten to weaken our student body and disempower us as student leaders,” Sutton said, via the student newspaper PantherNOW.
Sutton noted that the FIU SGA passed a resolution in February expressing support for DEI initiatives in the face of anti-woke legislation in Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis signed Florida Senate Bill 266 into law on May 15. The law prohibits funding DEI departments; but there are carveouts for student-led organizations, so long as they are funded by student fees.
“This exemption only exists because of people like us,” Sutton said, via PantherNOW. “We lobby the state legislature to exempt our student organizations across Florida from this ban.”
“Here at FIU, we passed the Can’t Ban Us resolution expressing our desire for DEI initiatives to continue and our former student body president, Cris Lugo sat down face to face with the sponsor of SB 266, State Representative Alex Andrade, and lobbied him on our behalf,” he added.
Going forward, Sutton said he aims to continue lobbying the state government.
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