University Of Wyoming Will Eliminate DEI Office, Keep Some Of Its Services

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday to scrap the school’s highly contentious office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

After an hours-long executive session Friday morning, the Trustees unanimously accepted the recommendations made by UW President Ed Seidel to cut the office, while still retaining some of its services that he believes the university has long offered and do not show preferential treatment. The trustees had indicated on Thursday that the executive session would cover personnel matters related to this topic.

The move comes after the Wyoming Legislature prohibited any state money be used to support the DEI office, which many supporters argued reflects the values of Wyoming residents. Gov. Mark Gordon supported the cut, but retained the right for the school to use state money on DEI related programming and activities, which weren’t mentioned in Friday’s discussion.

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