University of Texas Implements Controversial Law, Laying Off Diversity and Inclusion Employees

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas at Austin is facing backlash after laying off multiple employees who had previously held positions focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The layoffs were a result of a new state law that banned such programs on campuses. The Texas chapter of the American Association of University Professors reported that employees received layoff notices on Tuesday, several months after being reassigned to other positions in order to comply with the legislation that took effect on January 1. The university, however, did not disclose the exact number of affected individuals. … Read more

Alabama Legislators Strike a Blow to Diversity and Inclusion Programs on College Campuses

Montgomery, Alabama – The Alabama Legislature recently passed SB129, a new law set to go into effect on October 1st that will eliminate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) offices from college campuses and other public entities. This legislation is one of 11 anti-DEI bills passed across nine states since the beginning of 2023. It is a move that threatens the progress made towards fostering inclusivity and understanding within educational institutions. Governor Kay Ivey defended the law and criticized DEI initiatives as a platform for liberal politics, stating, “I refuse to allow a few bad actors … Read more

Gerety Awards: Celebrating Women’s Impact on the Advertising Industry and Pioneering Diversity in Creative Leadership

Paris, France – With women driving the advertising industry’s audience, the Gerety Awards, the only advertising awards with an all-female jury, are in a unique position to determine if ads truly resonate with their target audience. In a study conducted by Nielsen, it is projected that by 2028, roughly 75% of all consumer decisions will be made or influenced by women. The Gerety Awards, which started in 2019, aims to showcase creativity through a more progressive lens and provide a unique perspective through which the advertising industry can be viewed. The Gerety Awards has recently … Read more

Relentless Pushback: Kansas Republicans Unable to Pin Down the Elusive Meaning of Diversity

TOPEKA, Kansas — A controversial bill in Kansas has sparked a heated debate among Republicans regarding the definition and promotion of diversity in the state. The proposed legislation, which aims to ban diversity training and education, has drawn criticism from those who argue it undermines efforts to address systemic inequalities. However, proponents claim the bill seeks to protect individuals from what they perceive as “divisive ideologies.” Kansas Republicans have been pushing for the ban on diversity training, but they have struggled to provide a clear and concise definition of what they mean by “diversity.” While … Read more