Possible removal of diversity initiatives to have negative effects on university communities, higher education faculty say

The potential elimination of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts throughout Florida’s public universities could result in losses in students’ success and their ability to excel in a transnational context, according to special advisor to the College of Arts and Sciences Dean on DEI (SADEI) Tangela Serls and Middlebury College vice president for DEI Khuram Hussain.

Hussain said because DEI functions as a primary point of contact between students with disabilities and the university, it ensures that students are able to access accommodations needed for their learning. Removing DEI offices would then have an impact on the positive gains made to support student success, according to Hussain.

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