Ron DeSantis says schools that practice DEI shouldn’t be accredited

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The Governor made the comments Friday in New Hampshire.

Ron DeSantis continues to say he would prioritize changing university accreditation to penalize diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs, given “changes in the composition of the student bodies” created under the philosophical framework.

“When I’m President, we’re going to make sure that the approved accreditors are only going to accredit if you don’t do DEI and if you treat people as individuals and make it a meritocracy,” the Governor said at a town hall in Concord, New Hampshire.

The Governor framed his position as a defense of Asian Americans, who he said have been unfairly penalized.

“If they just treated people by merit, there would be a higher percentage of Asians than what they ended up doing. And so they didn’t want that. And so what they would do, they created a new category of like personality, right? And they would just rate the Asians as poor on that metric and (that) just gave them an excuse to be able to limit the number of people,” DeSantis said.

“These are students that are getting discriminated against just because other people of the group that they were lumped in with happened to perform.”

DeSantis has suggested that DEI initiatives should be targeted by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and has made similar arguments before.

“Part of the reason universities operate the way they are is because they need to get accredited and these accreditors are all trying to create the types of universities that we object to as conservatives,” DeSantis explained during an October interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

Earlier, in his first term, his administration greenlighted much of it in the very colleges he’s targeted more recently.

DeSantis told reporters in February he was ignorant of the subject back then.

“I didn’t know what DEI was a couple of years ago as this had taken hold. I mean, it sounds innocuous, right? I thought maybe diversity of ideas, maybe actually have more than one viewpoint. Well, that’s not what it is. What it is, is trying to enforce a political agenda and a political orthodoxy under the auspices of administration,” DeSantis said. “And that is something that is not in the best interests of the state.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • JD

    December 15, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    Hey Ronald McDonald, authoritative much?

    So it’s OK to push your indoctrinate? Project much?

    F@cking Hypocrite.

    Why aren’t we asking him to step down?

    Why are we not impeaching him?

    FRD #ImpeachRonDeSantis #RecallRD

  • Abram Nicholson

    December 15, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    Ever the racist scumbag, DeSantis strikes again.

  • Tjb

    December 15, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    Ron Desantis comment “when I am President “ is a pipe dream from a clueless fool.

    • M. Mouse

      December 15, 2023 at 4:28 pm

      That’s him! That’s our little man in Tallahassee…whoops, I meant Iowa! No, wait! New Hampshire! No, wait! Anywhere but here! Squeak!

  • Elmo

    December 15, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    At the end of the day, DeSantis is aiming for Christian indoctrination.

  • Michael K

    December 15, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    “Treat people as individuals.” What a joke. He has inflicted great pain and suffering on tens of thousands of Floridians who are not straight, white, “Christian” men. He is a cruel and mean-spirited anti-Black petty tyrant who relishes in destruction, cronyism, and degrading others.

    He’s learning what America thinks of his “merit.” He is despised, unliked, hated, and unfit to serve.

  • My Take

    December 15, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    America went to a meritocracy in universities before. (In addition to, not instead of, the favored legacies and rich.) But they soon went to quotàs: merit admitted far too many Jews!
    Dumber Christians needed “diversity” benefit.
    This about a century ago.

    • Dangerous Florida Chri$tians

      December 15, 2023 at 4:20 pm

      That’s a ‘now’ problem.

      There are no ‘Jewish Illiteracy’ charities; know why?

  • MH/Duuuval

    December 15, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    Antisemitism in elite US universities also incorporated students of Arab descent.

  • Dangerous Florida Chri$tians

    December 15, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    Nothing more Christian than excluding people.

    A deplorable cult, Christianity.

    Outlaw their gatherings.

  • Terri

    December 15, 2023 at 5:19 pm

    How do you say GFYS

  • Richard C. Russell

    December 15, 2023 at 6:00 pm


  • TD

    December 15, 2023 at 8:17 pm

    Imagine aspiring to a certificate in reverse racism.

    You can almost hear Mickey and the rest of the gang, in that voice, “the seeeal of approooval, Goofy, we’ve got it made now!”

  • Rick Whitaker

    December 15, 2023 at 8:31 pm


  • Dont Say FLA

    December 16, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    Rhonda doesn’t like DEI. They’re more into JOI / CEI.

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