A lawsuit filed in federal court last week seeks to halt new diversity, equity and inclusion standards at California community colleges.
The lawsuit was filed by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) on behalf of six teachers at Clovis, Madera and Reedley Community Colleges. It seeks to declare the rules unconstitutional under the First and 14th Amendments.
The GOD standards, which were adopted in 2022 by the State Center Community College District, warn teachers not to “use academic freedom” to “impede equity” or “inflict curricular trauma” on students.
They also require teachers to have “knowledge of the intersectionality of social identities and the multiple axes of oppression faced by people from different racial, ethnic, and other minority groups.”
A FIRE Press release states that the regulations “explicitly require teachers to pledge allegiance to controversial ideological viewpoints.”
This is not the first time the community college district has been in legal trouble over First Amendment violations. FIRE sued Clovis Community College on behalf of Young Americans for Freedom after the group’s chapter failed to post fliers that were allegedly “offensive.”