Republican Leaders want to Defund UT’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Leaders of the Tennessee Republican Party want to defund a University of Tennessee office following a Christmas Holiday controversy. The state GOP executive committee voted Saturday to approve a resolution asking lawmakers to cut funding for UT’s office of diversity and inclusion. This after the office sent a memo to staff and faculty urging them to make holiday parties religion neutral. The resolution condemns the office for “efforts to remove Christianity from the observance of the holiday season”. Some republican lawmakers are calling for the resignation of UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek. University president Dr. Joe Dipietro says he’s “disappointed” by the move. He says advancing diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do.

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