Leaders from across the higher education sector are criticizing President Donald Trump’s executive order banning diversity training programs the administration deems “divisive.”
College administrators and legal experts say the directive, which could apply to public and private institutions, has the potential to erode initiatives designed to combat racism and sexism. It could also curb academic freedoms.
However, enforcing it could prove difficult, and colleges and universities may have trouble figuring out whether they’re in compliance.
Trump issued the executive order earlier this month as an expansion of a similar restriction on government employees. It bars federal contractors from using training that “inculcates in its employees any form of race or sex stereotyping or any form of race or sex scapegoating.”
The order also applies to federal grant recipients. It states that they can’t use that money to “promote” what the White House considers “divisive concepts.” Those