Nass' motion to stop diversity training denied

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Gazette Staff | May 26, 2017

MADISON—State Sen. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, criticized the Joint Finance Committee's decision not to take up a motion to stop the UW System from mandating diversity and cultural training, according to a news release from Nass' office.

Nass and Assembly Rep. Tyler August, R-Lake Geneva, on Wednesday proposed a motion to "prohibit (the) UW System from planned expenditure of up to $4 million on mandatory diversity, sensitivity and cultural fluency training for all students, faculty and staff," the motion states.

The UW System requested the $4 million "to develop the curriculum and hire the staff necessary to carry out the system-wide mandate," the release states.

The Joint Finance Committee refused to take up the motion, according to the release.

"I had the support of many legislators and several of the Republican members of the Joint Finance Committee, but one Republican member on the committee had concerns over 'messaging,'" Nass said in the release. "Now, students, faculty and staff will be forced to attend indoctrination sessions to make them more cultural fluent."

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