Grants and corporate sponsorships cover the cost for many diversity and inclusion programs at Boise State University, the Idaho Press reported Sunday.
For example, Boise State is submitting a grant application to the U.S. Department of Justice to cover sexual misconduct prevention and response programming for LGBTQIA+ students, Betsy Russell reported.
Meanwhile, corporate fees from Coca-Cola covered the $30,000 costs for several multicultural events, such as Pow Wow, Rainbow Graduation and Black Graduation, Russell reported.
The cost of the diversity and inclusion programs — and the source of the funding — is one element in the lingering debate over the Boise State programs.
In a July 9 letter to Boise State President Marlene Tromp, 28 House Republicans said the programs segregate students and “contribute to ever-increasing costs” at the state’s largest university.
“Not one of these initiatives will help our Idaho students achieve their dreams of obtaining a degree and a career without an undue debt burden,” lawmakers said in the letter, written by Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls.
In their letter to Tromp, legislative Democrats rejected the cost argument. “After years of substantially underfunding higher education’s budget, our colleagues are now telling you what programs you should and should not offer.”