Black Caucus Rues Threat To Diversity Programs

Posted at 9:52 AM, Dec 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-24 10:52:39-05

Members of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators have been condemning what they consider to be an "attack" on diversity programs in higher education by Republican lawmakers.

Some conservative lawmakers have vowed to review funding for college diversity programming across the state following two recent controversial incidents at the University of Tennessee.

The Knoxville University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion posted on the campus website suggestions about gender-neutral pronouns and inclusive holiday celebrations that have been criticized by conservatives.

Those posts were removed, but some Republican lawmakers have called for the General Assembly to defund the office and to review other diversity programs across the state.

Black Caucus chairwoman Brenda Gilmore of Nashville said the group "strongly opposes these actions and any actions to reduce diversity efforts in Tennessee."