The Emily Brooker Intellectual Diversity Act, introduced last year by Rep. Jane Cunningham, has been reincarnated.
Now it’s called the Emily Brooker Higher Education Sunshine Act, but its goals are the same: Intellectual diversity will be defined as ideas that expose students to a variety of political, ideological, religious, and other perspectives. Colleges and universities will be required to describe the steps they take to ensure intellectual diversity.
The bill is named after Emily Brooker, a former student at Missouri State University who sued the school when her grade suffered as a result of her refusal to participate in a class project which she said violated her religious beliefs. The suit was settled out of court.
There will be a public hearing for the bill Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the Capitol. You can read the text of the bill here.
UPDATE: Read the Columbia Missourian story here.