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Governor’s DEI Ban Ends Decades-Old Oklahoma Women’s Leadership Program

Originally published by Barbara Hoberock for Oaklahoma Voice

A University of Oklahoma program that has trained hundreds of female leaders will shutter because of a gubernatorial executive order that bans diversity, equity and inclusion programs.

The National Education for Women’s Leadership program, which started more than 20 years ago, will end because of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s executive order, Michael Crespin, the director and curator at the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma, wrote in a letter to supporters on Thursday.

Crespin said the program, which helps undergraduate women to participate in public service and politics, has graduated more than 650 women. It selects about 30 students each year to participate.

Many graduates have run for and been elected to serve in local, county, state, federal and tribal governments, he said.

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