University of Houston-Victoria creating diversity training with President’s orders in mind

The order won't go into effect until November 21st.

VICTORIA, Texas – On September 22 President Donald Trump signed an executive order stating federal contractors and agencies must discontinue training including any form of race or sex stereotyping and other divisive concepts or they’d risk losing federal funding.

Freddie Cantu, University of Houston-Victoria assistant director of Diversity and Inclusion, said when they got the news, it was disappointing but his team is optimistic nonetheless. 

“It’s a bit of a detriment,” Cantu said. “It’s really going to prevent us from doing work we think we can do but it’s not going to deter us from trying, it’s not going to stop us from helping students as much as we can and getting students the information they need.”

Diversity training is used by companies, professional organizations to generate positive group interaction to help reduce workplace prejudice and discrimination. 

“We’re in the process of creating a diversity training and so we really have to be careful with terms that we’re using or not using to make sure we remain compliant,” Cantu said.

Texas State University and the University of Iowa, both in the process of conducting diversity training on campus, both halted the training to avoid risking losing federal dollars. Cantu said he is hopeful for change. 

“We’ll do the best we can and hopefully things will change for the better,” Cantu said.

The order won’t go into effect until November 21st.

The University of Houston Office of General Counsel will continue to monitor the situation and advise the University of Houston-Victoria.

Correction: Texas State University and the University of Iowa both halted their diversity training on their campuses to remain compliant with the President’s executive orders. In an earlier report, this information was incorrect and incomplete.