State Senator Responds to Universities Attempting to Circumvent DEI Law

by Emily Medeiros at

After it was reported that some Texas universities are attempting to skirt a state law requiring all public colleges and universities to dissolve any internal DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) programs, Republican State Sen. Brandon Creighton of Conroe is calling them out. 

Creighton authored Senate Bill 17, which effectively prohibits Texas universities from hiring employees to “perform the duties” of a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) office and is supposed to block any promotion of policies, training, or activities “designed or implemented in reference to race, color, or ethnicity.”

The measure also prohibits universities from requiring ideological oath statements relating to race, equity, antiracism, and social justice, though universities may still hire candidates based on their studies of these topics.

Creighton told Texas Scorecard that if these universities fail to adhere to the new state law, the Texas Senate will be determined to consider funding clawbacks.