Unlike the efforts in Texas and Florida, many of the anti-DEI bills introduced across the country didn’t succeed. In other states – including North Carolina, North Dakota and Tennessee – less stringent bans, applying only to mandatory diversity training, passed.
Yet even those laws are raising questions about how they could affect the lives of vulnerable college students. In the meantime, LGBTQ centers at several colleges across Texas and Florida are being shuttered, with little clarification from college leaders.
Caught in the crosshairs of it all is a generation of young people, for many of whom getting to college – and staying there – is already a miracle.