Political Action Committee Responses to Current Events
Response to Recent Supreme Court Decisions
3 July 2023
Dear TXNAME Community,
We hope this message finds you well. As a regional leader in multicultural education, we are compelled to respond to the recent decision by the US Supreme Court to eliminate race-conscious admissions, a ruling that overturns decades-old policies on affirmative action, also known as positive discrimination. This landmark decision has ignited intense debates and stirred strong emotions, highlighting the deep divisions surrounding this issue in US education.
First and foremost, we want to emphasize that we vehemently disagree with the Supreme Court's decision to eliminate race-conscious admissions. Affirmative action emerged in the 1960s as a critical measure to address historical and systemic injustices, and to promote diversity in educational institutions. It has been an essential tool to create inclusive learning environments that reflect the true multicultural fabric of our society.
President Joe Biden's astute observation that discrimination still persists in America resonates deeply with our organization. This decision must not be seen as the final word on the matter. It is imperative that we continue to fight against discrimination and work towards achieving a more equitable society. We must explore alternative strategies and legislative avenues to ensure that underrepresented communities are provided with fair, equal, and equitable opportunities in education.
We share Education Secretary Miguel Cardona's concern that the court's ruling has taken away a crucial tool used by university leaders to ensure diversity on campuses. The value of diversity in education extends beyond numbers and statistics; it enriches the educational experience for all students, fosters cross-cultural understanding, and prepares individuals to thrive in a globalized world. By eliminating race-conscious admissions, we risk perpetuating disparities and hindering progress towards a more inclusive and socially just society.
It is disheartening to witness the erosion of affirmative action and the perpetuation of the myth of a colorblind society. Justice Clarence Thomas' assertion that affirmative action programs are "patently unconstitutional," disregards the importance of redressing past and present inequities. Such a perspective fails to acknowledge the structural barriers that have hindered the progress of marginalized communities and perpetuates an unequal playing field.
We stand with the dissenting liberal justices who recognized the ruling as a tragedy and raised concerns about the entrenchment of a superficial rule of colorblindness in a society that remains deeply segregated. The dissenting justices' recognition of the challenges faced by marginalized communities and their call for an examination of the law's omissions, should be heeded. We must strive to rectify the systemic inequities that persist and ensure that our institutions of higher education reflect the diversity and inclusion to which our nation aspires.
To take action and work towards a more equitable educational system, we urge you to:
Advocate for legislative reforms: Engage with your elected representatives and lobby for legislation that supports affirmative action and promotes diversity in admissions. Write letters, make phone calls, and participate in grassroots campaigns to voice your concerns and urge lawmakers to take action.
Support organizations and initiatives: Contribute your time, resources, and expertise to organizations dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in education. Join advocacy groups, volunteer for mentorship programs and/or donate to scholarship funds that empower underrepresented students.
Promote dialogue and education: Foster conversations about the importance of diversity and the value of affirmative action in educational settings. Organize forums, workshops, and community events to raise awareness, challenge misconceptions, and promote understanding of the need for equitable opportunities.
Together, through these actions, we can create a powerful movement that champions (a) diversity, (b) dismantles systemic barriers, and (c) ensures that every individual has equal and equitable access to education, inclusive of their background or race. Let us stand united in our commitment to building a society where everyone has a chance enhanced with integrity, to succeed and contribute to the betterment of our nation.
Your TXNAME Board of Directors
Response to SB 17
22 May 2023
Dear TXNAME Community,
We hope this message finds you well. We want to address a recent development that has raised concerns within our organization and the broader community. This past Friday, the Texas House voted in support of Senate Bill 17, which aims to prohibit diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) offices, programs, and diversity training from public colleges in the state.
As an organization dedicated to multicultural education, we are deeply concerned about this development as it appears to conflict with our core values and mission. At TXNAME, we firmly believe in and advocate for:
Embracing and appreciating cultural diversity
Promoting an understanding of unique cultural and ethnic heritage
Developing curricula that sustain diverse cultures
Facilitating the acquisition of attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary for engaging with various cultures
Working towards eradicating racism, discrimination, and oppression in society
Achieving social, political, economic, and educational equity
We stand in solidarity with those who have expressed concerns about the potential impact of this bill. During the legislative debate, representatives raised important points, highlighting the potential risks universities may face, such as the loss of federal grants, as well as the potential implications for students' sense of belonging and inclusivity.
If passed, Texas would join Florida in adopting similar measures, where state funding for DEI programs at public universities and colleges has recently been banned.
We acknowledge the potential consequences and implications of this legislation, and we remain committed to advocating for multicultural education, promoting inclusive practices, and fostering environments that celebrate diversity and equity. We encourage our members and the broader community to take action. Here's what you can do:
Stay informed: Stay updated on the progress of the bill and its potential impact on DEI efforts in Texas colleges and universities.
Engage in advocacy: Contact your local representatives and voice your concerns about the potential negative effects of this bill on educational equity and inclusivity. Share your personal experiences and perspectives to illustrate the importance of DEI initiatives.
Mobilize your networks: Encourage friends, family, colleagues, and community members to join you in advocating for multicultural education and inclusive practices. Share information through social media, email listservs, and other platforms to raise awareness and foster dialogue.
Support organizations: Collaborate with organizations dedicated to promoting multicultural education and inclusive environments. Together, we can amplify our collective voice and advocate for positive change.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updates through our social media platforms and email listserv.
Thank you for your unwavering commitment to multicultural education and your dedication to fostering inclusive environments. Together, we can make a positive impact.
Your TXNAME Board of Directors