College presidents condemn hate
President Kevin Quigley joined presidents of all of the colleges in Vermont, as well as Governor Peter Shumlin and Governor-elect Phil Scott, in signing an open letter to President-elect Trump condemning acts of discrimination, violence, and intimidation. The resolute letter, released on November 18, 2016, refers to Vermont’s long history of fighting for freedom, unity, equity, and openness, and of welcoming people of all backgrounds.
“The recent election manifested a disturbing prevalence of racism, sexism, and xenophobia, as well as a tendency to demonize those with whom we disagree,” said President Kevin. “Marlboro College and other institutions of higher education have a unique position in holding the nation to a standard of civil discourse, and engendering respect among tomorrow’s leaders for all people, regardless of differences.”
The statement from Vermont college presidents coincides with the release of a related open letter from more than 100 presidents of colleges and universities across the nation, also signed by President Kevin. This letter, published in Inside Higher Education with an accompanying story, cites these presidents’ commitment to promoting freedom from discrimination and other democratic values, and urging the president-elect to do the same.