July 1 marked the beginning of the new fiscal year in most states, along with it new laws that will affect K12 and higher education. But for many teachers and students, they may prove themselves disruptive to learning and instruction.
Despite Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action and state efforts to defund DEI, there are integral ways higher education can maintain its mission of cultivating a culture of diverse perspectives. "Don't be led by fear," advises Dr. David Acosta, chief diversity and inclusion officer of the AAMC.
From 2012 to 2020, the Hispanic population has increased by 26% in states where affirmative action has already been banned. However, their flagship universities' Hispanic student body has averaged only a 4% increase.
Dissidents of the memo believed the state was enforcing a blocked bill that punished schools for teaching concepts about race, but the same judge responsible for its injunction does not believe it applies in this case.