(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – In a notable conservative and common sense victory over the left’s vile wokeism and transgenderism agenda, including the “gender pronouns” dictate, the body governing Iowa’s public universities has voted to downsize their DEI (“Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”) programs.
The Board of Regents in Iowa has made a decisive move to modify the state university system’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs, National Review reports.
This action follows Governor Kim Reynolds’ signing of a bill in June, which led to the formation of a Board of Regents commission tasked with scrutinizing DEI activities in Iowa and suggesting essential alterations.
Over the summer, this study group convened and eventually presented a report with ten recommendations, all of which were endorsed by the broader board.
Among the significant changes to the DEI programs, the board has decided to do away with university-wide DEI functions that are deemed non-essential for compliance or accreditation purposes.
Additionally, the board will scrutinize all DEI-related roles within colleges, departments, or units to determine their necessity in terms of compliance, accreditation, or student and employee support services, eliminating those that do not meet these criteria.
There is also an initiative to reassess services provided by offices currently involved in diversity or multicultural affairs to ensure accessibility to all students.
A notable aspect of the Board of Regents adopted measures includes a directive ensuring that employees, students, applicants, and campus visitors are not mandated to submit DEI statements or be evaluated on their participation in DEI initiatives, except in cases where such involvement is essential for DEI-related compliance or accreditation.
Furthermore, the new regulations explicitly prohibit requiring employees, students, applicants, or campus visitors at Iowa’s public universities to declare their preferred pronouns.
Beyond merely reducing the influence of DEI programs, the Board of Regents also reinforces its commitment to ideological diversity on campus.
Initiatives include standardized guidelines separating personal political advocacy from university business and employment activities.
There is also an emphasis on recruitment strategies to diversify intellectual and philosophical viewpoints among faculty and staff.
Moreover, the Board of Regents has sanctioned the development of a proposal to initiate a comprehensive program focusing on education and research in free speech and civic education.