Gov. Spencer Cox: Utah Legislature plans to ban colleges from forcing new hires to sign ‘political’ diversity statements (Colorado Sun)

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    Gov. Spencer Cox: Utah Legislature plans to ban colleges from forcing new hires to sign ‘political’ diversity statements – By Suzanne Bates (Colorado Sun) / Dec 20, 2023

    Cox said the practice was ‘bordering on evil’ at a press conference Wednesday

    Gov. Spencer Cox said he expects the Utah Legislature to ban state colleges and universities from requiring new hires to sign “diversity statements,” and said he plans to sign the bill if it comes to his desk.

    “I think it’s bordering on evil that we’re forcing people into a political framework before they can even apply for a job in the state,” he said.

    Cox called the diversity, equity and inclusion statements “very political,” during his monthly televised PBS press conference on Wednesday.

    “I thought for sure that’s not happening here in the state of Utah — it is happening here in the state of Utah. But I can assure you after this legislative session, it will not be happening here,” he said.

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