(Photo by Jim Vondruska/Getty Images) The Iowa Board of Regents recommended Thursday to eliminate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs at the state universities, except for DEI programs that are necessary for federal compliance, according to its report. Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill in June to initiate a "comprehensive study and review of the diversity, equity and inclusion programs and efforts of each institution of higher learning," according to the state legislature's website. Board of Regents President Michael Richards appointed a group to review DEI programs in March, and the Iowa Board of Regents last week recommended to "eliminate any DEI functions that are not necessary," according to the report. (RELATED: Elite Universities That Are Hotbeds For Pro-Hamas Activism Got Billions In Federal Grants, Tax Benefits) "I learned from this review that our universities are welcoming places," David Barker, president of Iowa'