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Closure of Oklahoma women’s leadership program causes outcry over anti-DEI action

May 10, 2024 12:26 PM | Anonymous

University of Oklahoma to end NEW Leadership program over governor’s executive order

The closure of a popular women’s leadership program has caused uproar among female officials at the state Capitol and across Oklahoma, who say the governor’s executive order against diversity, equity and inclusion is striking down initiatives meant to improve representation.

The University of Oklahoma announced last week the National Education for Women’s Leadership program, which encourages young women to engage in politics and public policy, will end because of an anti-DEI executive order Gov. Kevin Stitt signed in December. The program has graduated more than 650 female students from 42 colleges since it was founded in 2002.

NEW Leadership’s closure heightened concerns about the fate of state-funded programs meant to empower women and minorities.

Read the rest of the story on Oklahoma Voice.

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