Fw: Gallaudet University's President Hurwitz statement on planned demonstrations
The following statement can be attributed to Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz. Since placing Gallaudet University s Chief Diversity Officer on
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, Oct 24, 2012
The following statement can be attributed to Gallaudet University
President T. Alan Hurwitz.
Since placing Gallaudet
University's Chief Diversity Officer on paid administrative leave,
Gallaudet University has been called upon by several external organizations to
immediately reinstate Dr. Angela McCaskill in her position as Chief Diversity
Officer. We recently became aware that several of those external organizations
plan to hold demonstrations at Gallaudet University starting this week.
As much as I understand the views that some outside organizations
have about the immediate return of our Chief Diversity Officer to campus, at
the same time we need to move forward at a rate appropriate for our entire community.
I'd like to reiterate that while this has become
an issue beyond our campus, as President of Gallaudet University, my number one
concern is our university community - our students, faculty, and staff and so many others who support us. I act on their behalf, not with any agenda other
than their well-being. I will continue to take whatever steps are necessary
to ensure that this campus remains a safe environment for our entire campus
The university administration has been conducting very
productive meetings with student organizations including groups that represent
students of color, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, as well
as faculty and staff leadership. The university's Diversity and Inclusion
Advisory Board is also developing strategies for moving the community
I would like to commend our students - as well as our
faculty and staff - who have shown remarkable maturity and restraint
under the complexities of the situation. I know our community will extend the
same measure of civility and respect we have shown each other to those outside
the campus community who choose to express their concerns and perspectives.