Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 17 – Banning Discriminatory “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI) Policies in Higher Education


AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 17, Banning Discriminatory DEI Policies in Higher Education, by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe:

“Texans have some of the best higher educational opportunities available nationwide, right here at home. However, DEI hiring practices have caused division and must be stopped. Texas universities improve and the educational environment is enhanced when we recruit the best faculty based on merit and equal opportunity, not arbitrary quotas based on equity.

“The woke left’s drive to divide Texans is never-ending. Today, the Texas Senate passed SB 17 to ban divisive DEI offices and hiring practices at our universities to make sure that individual merit and achievement are rewarded.”

SB 17, by Sen. Creighton, bans the establishment or maintenance of DEI offices and hiring practices at Texas universities.