Response to Recent Campus Incident and Cultural Climate

April 24, 2018

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies joins with the voices of others to express our outrage at the violence and hatred of Theta Tau Fraternity. We want to assert that those of us who are not cis-gendered, heterosexual, white, able-bodyminded, rich, and male experience sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, and anti-Islamic beliefs, attitudes, and assaults on a regular basis on this campus. We are in solidarity with the students in the Recognize US movement in saying that the actions taken against this fraternity and the plans for diversity, inclusion, and implicit bias trainings are insufficient and inadequate. In the wake of the General Body’s occupation of the administration building in 2014, certain assurances were made by the administration that have not materialized in ways that have changed the culture on campus. We can no longer wait for action to be promised but not taken. We call for the University to recognize and honor the rights of ALL students and take measures to acknowledge the costs of psychic, physical, and structural violence and to promote social justice in every aspect of the University.

We re-affirm our commitment as a department to create and sustain a radically multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-faith, anti-ableist, queer, feminist politic and community on our campus. We condemn all forms of violence, discriminations, and any expression of hatred. To all of our students, we want you to know that we are resolute in our love and support of you. We express our support especially to those students who belong to historically marginalized communities, students of color, LBGTIQ+ students, disabled students, religious minority students, undocumented students and sexual assault survivors. We know that you have been rendered even more vulnerable and hurt. We re-assert our dedication and commitment to building a campus that validates your lives and experiences. You can count on our ongoing fight against all forms of oppression, in the classroom, on campus, and beyond. Our doors are open for all of you.