131 Scholarships Are Frozen Under Texas Bill 17 That Bans Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs

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This ain’t Texas, but they are holding things up when it comes to Black students earning scholarships under DEI.

According to a Dallas Morning News report, some 131 scholarships that fall under diversity, equity and, inclusion at public universities in the state have been halted because of Texas’ Senate Bill 17 which bans DEI programs.

This move will impact students across the state, including 80 students at Texas A&M and 45 students at the University of Texas, according to reports.

The bill took effect on January 1, 2024, and bans diversity, equity and, inclusion offices and initiatives at public universities. It was supposedly only supposed to affect diversity training initiatives but as expected, it is having serious implications on Black students.

For instance, there were scholarships named for two Texas A&M students who were killed in a car crash. However, the scholarship named Biotechnology Diversity Scholarship and the other community-funded scholarship for Black female athletes, have both been halted by the school.

The scholarships had nothing to do with diversity but the name is what got it flagged.

“The scholarships do not have anything to do with that diversity program or the state law,” Sam Butts, father of one of the students who was killed, told the Morning News. “We’re disappointed because that scholarship was set up to help minorities.”

#Clique, can somebody get Beyonce on the frontline because ain’t no holding up these scholarships!

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