Florida Students Plan Walkout Over DeSantis’ Anti-DEI Policies

  • Florida college students intend to walk out of classes on Feb. 23 to protest Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis administration’s recent crackdown on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) on college campuses, according to a newly created Instagram account.
  • The Florida College Democrats and Dream Defenders organized the “Stand for Freedom” walk-out to oppose DeSantis’ recent promise to defund DEI programs, his appointment of six conservative trustees to New College of Florida and the administration’s request for university reports detailing medical treatment provided to transgender patients, the pledge reads.
  • Participating students are asked to wear black and walk out of classes, jobs, meetings and other commitments to gather at their university student centers from 12 p.m to 1 p.m.
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