Austin, Texas — Today, the conference committee report on Senate Bill 17, which eliminates DEI at Texas public colleges and universities, was adopted. Senator Brandon Creighton released the following statement:
“Today marks a victory for citizens’ right to free speech under the First Amendment, Texas universities, and our commitment to fostering true diversity and merit in higher education. The elimination of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offices will result in millions in savings for taxpayers and restore a culture of free inquiry, meritocracy, equal opportunity, genuine innovation within Texas higher education.
The days of political oaths, compelled speech, and racial profiling in university hiring are behind us. Moving forward, Texas will prioritize the advancement of the most qualified individuals and endorse policies that promote diversity and equality for our great state.
I want to thank Chairman John Kuempel and the numerous individuals, students, and faculty members who made their voice heard throughout this process. I also want to thank Texas colleges and universities for their input and collaboration in this important legislation. Now that SB 17 is on its way to Governor Abbott’s desk, Texas colleges and universities can refocus on their fundamental purpose of education and innovation.”