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Student group may have to change its name


Black Male Achievers in Florida

By Kristina Dixon | Across Black America

A student organization at Tallahassee Community College is grappling with a naming predicament due to a new Florida law.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 266 into law in May. It aims to prohibit colleges and universities from spending money on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs.

According to BBC World Services, the new law prohibits student-led organizations that advocate for DEI from receiving state or federal funding.

Now, the Black Male Achievers may need to remove “Black” from its official title or risk losing its funding.

Student Tyler Soto told BBC the group is working out possible new names, such as “Male Achievers” or “Scholar Male Achievers.”

“This has basically been used as a veneer to impose an ideological agenda and that is wrong,” DeSantis said, according to NBC Miami. “In fact, if you look at the way this has actually been implemented across the country, DEI is better viewed as standing for discrimination, exclusion and indoctrination, and that has no place in our public institutions.”