Opinion

Faculty Members Respond to Homophobic Incident at Basketball Game

default article imageWe strongly condemn the homophobic harassment displayed by certain members of the Monmouth University student body at the home basketball game on March 6, 2020.

 Monmouth University must be a community free from hatred, bigotry and discrimination. All people should feel welcomed and accepted on Monmouth University‚Äôs campus. Any harassment or threat to others, whether they are visitors or members of our community, is a threat to the very foundation of empathy and understanding upon which our university is built. Monmouth University should strive to be an intellectual beacon of humanity and compassion so that all those who visit know we hold our members to the highest standards of excellence.

As the faculty executive committee for the academic Program in Gender and Intersectionality Studies on campus, we remain committed to our central mission: to challenge students in our classrooms to learn how all forms of oppression manifest and to help prevent such incidents going forward.

We are also committed to working with our community partners - including Student Life, Equity and Diversity, Campus Police, the Intercultural Center, our student organizations, and others - whom we know are engaged in building a safe, diverse and welcoming community for all.

We are dedicated to providing a safe physical and intellectual space for all of our community members. We firmly stand in solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Sincerely,

Program for Gender and Intersectionality Studies Faculty

Executive Committee

Sasha Canan

Manuel Chavez

Lisa M. Dinella

Kiameesha Evans

Jennifer Shamrock

Deanna Shoemaker

Affiliated Faculty Members

Anne Deepak

Heide Estes

Andrea Hope

Marie Mele

Brooke Nappi

Eleanor Novek

Claude Taylor

Hettie Williams

Marina Vujnovic

PHOTO COURTESY of Monmouth University