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IRT open letter to Miami community

From: Richard Little, Senior Director of University Communications

Todd Holcomb, Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Cathryn House, Director of Safety/Chief of Police

Recently, a group of faculty, staff and students participated in Miami’s observance of National Coming Out Day by signing an advertisement in the Student indicating that they had chosen to either lead an "out" life or that they support lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer members of our community.

Sadly, some of the individuals signing that advertisement have received an ugly e-mail sent by an individual who did not have the courage to sign his or her real name.

It’s an unfortunate reality that those who are different because of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, ethnicity and disability are too often the target of such types of behavior on our campus, in our community and in the nation at large.

But one cowardly person sending an obnoxious e-mail does not represent the Miami community. Most members of this community do respect the dignity of others. And most understand that the freedom of inquiry that characterizes universities encourages the airing of differences and the debating of ideas and values. Most of us—thankfully—also recognize such freedom is accompanied by personal responsibility. When we take issue with someone else it should be done in a respectful, intelligent way.

As co-chairs of Miami’s Institutional Response Team, we offer our support to those who are targets of hateful acts. A variety of campus resources are available to you. We encourage anyone wanting more information to go to www.muohio.edu/nohate/.

Date Published: 10/31/2002
Volume: 22   Number: 14

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