Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday is a good day to celebrate all the diverse voices without which we cannot form a more perfect Union. Of course, if you’re studying at USD or another public university in South Dakota, you may have trouble finding a room at the student union to promote those diverse voices, since the Regents have bowed to the one-party regime’s 1984 plot to dismantle Diversity Centers and rebrand their own apartheidist ideology as “opportunity for all“.
At USD, this ideological whitewash included evicting numerous student organizations from their dedicated office space on campus. Instead, those now homeless groups are left to compete for shared hourly meeting space in the Muenster Center.
Opportunity for All seems like less opportunity for anyone to build a strong student organization that upsets the homogeneous ideology of the powers that be in Pierre.
In preparation for this hearing, we have also reviewed the Diversity Reports recently provided by the Board of Regents. We are greatly concerned with the content of these reports that describe the intent to continue to pursue a political agenda through the Diversity (and Inclusion) Offices, the Diversity and Community Offices and other programs on campuses. According to Dr. Bean, these offices and programs exist to provide education on cultural diversity and a welcoming environment for “minority” students. However, a large portion of the activity and funding goes toward very specific politically motivated social justice programs….
Reforms should provide requirements that 1.) add onservative and intellectually diverse leadership to Diversity Offices and programs, 2.) shift from politically driven activity to education about cultural diversity and the benefits to all citizens of the orderly assimilation of people of other nations seeking better life in America, 3.) our heritage of welcoming people of other cultures who come here legally and follow the law and 4.) the enrichment provided by diverse peoples coming together in our nation and becoming one (E Pluribus Unum.) [Reps. Sue Peterson, Steven Haugaard, and Lee Qualm and Sens. Jim Stalzer, Brock Greenfield, Kris Langer, and Ryan Maher, letter to Molly Weisgram, exec. asst. to CEO, SD Board of Regents, 2019.06.12]