WILMINGTON, N.C. — Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover) has released a plan to curtail tuition hikes at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

His idea includes reducing a few programs at the school which are not academic in nature. Unfortunately for LGBT students, his suggestion would effect the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which operates with a staff of 12 and covers five programs.

According to the Wilmington Star-News, UNCW’s Chief of Staff Max Allen stated that the “diversity office supports student academic achievement and gives students an opportunity to experience other cultures.”

Tuition hikes and other issues pertaining to this are still under advisement at the school.

Meanwhile, WECT reports that students are upset at a recent announcement that the LGBTQIA Center will be moved to the library and merged with the Women’s Resource Center to become the Women and Gender Studies Resource Center. Students say they don’t like the timing of the move, not the location. So far, it looks like staff will maintain their jobs and the group will still fall under diversity education.

Lainey Millen

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