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Iowa votes to decrease diversity, equity and inclusion programs in universities

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Back in June, Republican Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill establishing a Board of Regents commission to review Iowa’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs. As a result, ten recommendations were given, approved by the board late last week.

The changes to Iowa’s DEI programs include eliminating university-wide “DEI functions that are not necessary for compliance or accreditation,” reviewing “all college, department, or unit-level DEI positions to determine whether DEI specific job responsibilities are necessary for compliance, accreditation, or student and employee support services” and eliminating all that are not, and reviewing “the services provided by offices currently supporting diversity or multicultural affairs in other divisions of the university to ensure they are available to all students.”

The new rules prohibit Iowa’s public universities from requiring that employees, students, applicants, or campus visitors provide their preferred pronouns. The study group met over the course of the summer as it established its report containing the ten recommendations. The steps the Board of Regents have adopted include ensuring that employees, students, applicants, and campus visitors are not required to submit DEI statements or “be evaluated based on participation in DEI initiatives” unless the position is one required for “DEI-related compliance or accreditation.”

The Board of Regents also approved the development of a proposal “to establish a widespread initiative that includes opportunities for education and research on free speech and civic education.”

 

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Leader of the radical pro-Palestine group Manolo De Los Santos arrested in New York

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The head of a radical organization in favor of the Cuban regime and that also openly supports the Hamas terrorist group in New York, was arrested Tuesday after the NYPD evicted an anti-Israel camp at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan.

A video posted by The People’s Forum (TPF) on X, formerly Twitter, depicts Manolo De Los Santos, executive director of TPF, an anti-Israel organization that sympathizes with the Chinese Communist Party, was arrested by several NYPD officers wearing riot helmets near the institute’s campus on West 27th Street.

On April 29, more than 100 masked activists met in Manhattan at the office of the TPF, an organization backed by American businessman Neville Roy Singham, a self-proclaimed socialist known for financially supporting left-wing causes, to plan their next moves, while protests Anti-Israel protests reach a fever pitch across the country, reports ADN America.

Manolo De Los Santos urged the group to “give Joe Biden a hot summer” and “make it unsustainable for politics as usual in this country.” Likewise, he asked to recreate “the summer of 2020,” in reference to the violence that besieged major cities in the United States months after the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

A few hours after the meeting was called, dozens of protesters illegally broke into Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall and gained entry through a glass-paneled door that one of those involved broke with a hammer.

Police arrived at the scene after being called by Columbia President Minouche Shafik. In total, 44 people were arrested, including two university staff members and 13 “outsiders” who were not affiliated with the school, Columbia confirmed in a news release Thursday.

The People’s Forum, an organization that describes itself as “a movement incubator for working class and marginalized communities,” has been a mainstay of anti-Israel protests since Hamas’ attack on the Jewish state on October 7, 2023.

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