Thursday, May 11, 2023

Join Over 30,000 People that Have Signed on, Expressing their Support for #DEI in the State of Texas

πŸŽ‰πŸ™Œ Thank you for 30K Signatures! Help Us Save Tenure, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! 

πŸ™ We're thrilled to share that we've reached an amazing milestone: 30,000 signatures on our Fight for DEI petition! Your support has been incredible, and we couldn't have done it without our amazing partners, including BBDP NextGen, Texas LULAC, National LULAC, the Texas NAACP, The Texas Black Legislative Caucus, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Texas AAUP, the Pro-Truth Faculty,  
Students Engaged in Advancing Texas, the Ethnic Studies Coalition of Texas, the Texas Legislative Education Equity Coalition (comprised of over 35 organizations), the Texas Association for Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, the Texas Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the Texas Association for Chicanos in Higher Education, the Latino Texas Policy Center, the Mexican American School Board Association, and the many educators, students, and volunteers that care.

πŸ“’ But our mission isn't over yet as the House Higher Education Committee is likely voting on Senate Bill 17 (
SB 17) as early as tomorrow, Friday, May 12th .

Besides signing, do reach out to these offices listed below to register your concerns about SB 17 that brings down everything DEI in all Texas colleges and universities.


  • Speaker of the House, Representative Dade Phelan: (512) 463-1000
  • Representative Travis Clardy (512) 463-0592
  • Representative John Kuempel: (512) 463-0602
  • Representative John Raney: (512) 463-0698

You may also submit written testimony at this link.


Additional ways that you can contribute:

1️⃣ Share, Share, Share! Spread the word about our petition far and wide. Your shares are crucial in amplifying our message and reaching more people.

2️⃣ Keep Signing Up! Encourage others to add their names to the petition. Every signature brings us closer to protecting tenure, education, and diversity.

3️⃣ Engage in Dialogue! Foster conversations about the importance of DEI. Share your stories and inspire change within your community.

4️⃣ Stay Informed! Educate yourself on the issues at hand. Knowledge empowers us to advocate effectively.

🌈 Together, we can make a difference! Sign the petition, share our message, and stand with us in the fight for DEI!

-Angela Valenzuela, Ph.D., co-founder
(with civil rights attorney Gary Bledsoe, Esq. and Colette Phillips)

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