Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping
October 5th, 2020
Dear Faculty and Staff,
I am writing to inform you of the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, issued by President Donald Trump on September 22, 2020, which sets forth requirements concerning diversity training for federal agencies, federal contractors, and recipients of federal grants.
Texas State University receives federal dollars in various capacities including to support pre-college students via the federal TRIO program, college students via Pell, and our faculty via scores of federal grants. We do not want to jeopardize this critical financial support that so many in our community rely upon. Therefore, we are focused on understanding what the Executive Order means for diversity, equity, and inclusion training at Texas State University as quickly as possible through our legal counsel and with the help of numerous national associations.
As we evaluate how the Order impacts the university, a temporary pause will be placed on all diversity training for employees. While the Order may ultimately require some changes to our training, it does not in any way diminish Texas State’s commitment to supporting an equitable and inclusive learning, living, and working environment for all members of our community. That commitment stands at the core of who we are as Bobcats. It is not open to debate, and it will not be diminished.
I will keep you posted as we learn more.
Denise M. Trauth