This year, Boise State University has faced calls to cut millions of dollars in public funding for the school over allegations it is indoctrinating students with leftist values.
The school reacts by creating the Institute for Advancing American Values.
Boise State President Marlene Tromp said the school was launching the institute after what she called a “tumultuous” year in which people said universities are not politically balanced.
“We invite people to learn and grow. We will model a healthy dialogue on our campus between all of these voices for the benefit of our state, ”said Tromp.
She spent less than a minute unveiling the institute and gave few details in her annual State of the University address to the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.
“We have become so polarized that people do not have a dialogue with each other… we think that if we can walk towards these (controversial) things, we will actually find that there are places where we have common thoughts, ideas in common, ”she later told the Idaho Statesman.
State lawmakers blasted Boise State this year and slashed its budget by $ 1.5 million. Many said the university excluded conservative thinking and instead promoted social justice initiatives.
The school denies this and there is no evidence to support the claims of widespread indoctrination.
Tromp told the Statesman that the institute would launch in the fall and that its staff would eventually be made up of professors and researchers.
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