Why is diversity the hot issue in Florida higher education? 4 things to know.

The term “DEI” — short for diversity, equity and inclusion — has emerged as a buzzword for a trend in campus culture that conservative commentators say is discriminatory and hostile to dissenting voices.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis agrees, saying he hopes to make diversity offices “wither on the vine” without state funding. His critics say that rhetoric distorts and obscures the necessary day-to-day work that the offices perform.

As the session draws near, here are four things to know about this intensifying debate.

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