I am so proud of these men and women, students of John Carroll, who took a courageous stand, in the face of all possible consequences, in solidarity with those who are vulnerable to discrimination. As a faculty member of this institution, I stand with them. I believe that we as an institution can (and must) do more to ensure equal protection under the law for all employees and students. I'm a little sorry that it came to this--that students had to rouse us from our collective moral catatonia--but I'm pleased to see that they have a little fight in them.
Here is the statement that accompanied the above video.
In light of the recent decision by the John Carroll University administration to not specifically include the protection of Lesbians, Gays, Bi-Sexuals, Transgendered, and Questioning students in its Anti-Discrimination Statement, we, the students, faculty, and alumni of John Carroll University choose to voice our support for those the university leaves without protection.
John Carroll's mission is to create people for others. That means support, protection, love, and understanding for all people without regard to color, creed, sexual preference, gender, age, or other personal factors. That's the goal of a Jesuit institution.
By not explicitly voicing its support of LGBTQ students, faculty, and alumni, John Carroll's administration is breaking those unspoken bonds of trust that make JCU a community.
It's time for those who have called Carroll home in some capacity to speak up and demand of the President, Board of Directors, and Administration the words that promise safety and security to those whose rights are so tenuous and often unprotected.
In short, we expect better of John Carroll University. We demand better. We are a gentle, angry people and we are singing, singing for our lives!!!