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Congressional Black Caucus Issues Letter to AG Garland Calling for DOJ Action on States Dismantling Campus DEI Programs

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Washington, March 6, 2024 | comments

On March 6, 2024, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Steven Horsford (NV-04) and members of the Congressional Black Caucus issued a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to examine the lawfulness of states dismantling diversity, equity, and inclusion programs (DEI) at institutions of higher learning. 

The letter comes following the most recent move by the University of Florida to eliminate all of its DEI-related offices and staff. 

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Steven Horsford offered the following quote:

“To date, anti-DEI bills targeting college admissions have been introduced in more than 30 states. These attacks on DEI are coordinated, well-funded, and meant to do one thing: take our country backward. The CBC will not sit back and allow the idea that we are not all deserving of equal opportunity to take hold again in this country. We will not be silent while conservative actors continue to cut off access to opportunities for the communities that we serve. As these university systems are in receipt of federal funding, we strongly urge Attorney General Garland and the Department of Justice to examine the legality of these state’s actions with regard to DEI programs.” 

Read the full letter here

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