The protest comes as the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday sent to the Senate floor a bill to shift funding from salaries.

Red Alert Politics reports.

Students freak out as Tennessee votes to defund “Office for Diversity and Inclusion”

A move months in the making has finally come to fruition as both Tennessee houses have voted to defund the University of Tennessee’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the Knoxville location, according to Inside Higher Ed.

The office is known for its bizarre ways of promoting diversity, including warnings against Christmas parties and for encouraging the use of gender neutral pronouns. Both of which eventually had to come down after backlash, though students still supported the office.

If Thursday’s bill is signed into law, the $436,000 appropriation for the university’s office will be barred for the coming budget year, with the money being used to fund minority scholarships for engineering students.