NYU Professors Seek Inclusion as Defendants in Lawsuit, Citing Threat to Academic Freedom and First Amendment Rights

New York, NY – Three professors at New York University are seeking to be added as defendants in a recently filed lawsuit that accuses the university of mishandling incidents of antisemitism on campus. The professors believe that the definition of antisemitism being used in the lawsuit could impede academic freedom and violate the First Amendment. By intervening in the case, they hope to address these concerns. The lawsuit, originally brought forward by three Jewish students, did not initially include the professors as defendants, but two of them were later named. One of the professors, Andrew … Read more

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

Celebrating Progress and Advocating for Gender Equality in the Judiciary: The International Day of Women Judges Highlights the Importance of Inclusion and Empowerment

The International Day of Women Judges, celebrated on March 10th, prompts reflection on the progress achieved in achieving gender equality within the judicial sphere. Judge Graciela Gatti Santana, President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), recognizes the remarkable contributions of her fellow women judges from diverse backgrounds around the world. These women enrich the Mechanism’s chambers with their expertise, some having attained judicial posts that were previously inaccessible to women. While there has been considerable progress, there remains much work to be done to achieve full and equal representation of women in … Read more