UT-Austin announces round of firings in latest step to comply with Texas’ DEI ban

The university fired about 60 people and some of the offices where they worked are expected to close by May 31, according to a joint letter from the Texas Conference of the American Association of University Professors and the Texas chapter of the NAACP.

UT-Austin President Jay Hartzell said in an email Tuesday that the school was also disbanding the Division of Campus and Community Engagement, which provided support and resources for “those who may face the most significant challenges in accessing” education, according to the department’s website.

The layoffs come as Texas colleges face increasing pressure to prove their compliance with SB 17.

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