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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:


  1. Stay informed: Stay updated on the progress of the bill and its potential impact on DEI efforts in Texas colleges and universities.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


In solidarity,


Your TXNAME Board of Directors

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