Killeen: UI 'firmly rooted in diversity and inclusion'

Killeen: UI 'firmly rooted in diversity and inclusion'

With anxiety high in some quarters following Tuesday's presidential election, University of Illinois President Tim Killeen took a moment to offer reassurance at Thursday's board meeting.

"At the University of Illinois, we have already charted our path, firmly rooted in diversity and inclusion," Killeen said, joined at the podium by the three UI chancellors and Executive Vice President Barbara Wilson.

"Our faculty, our staff, our students, wherever they are from, can be assured that our universities are places where they can pursue their dreams and cultivate their talents. These are ingrained in our DNA."

Some UI students have reacted to the election by promoting solidarity, with social-media photos showing them dancing on the Quad and chalking "We Love You" next the words "Muslims" and other groups on the wall of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church.

Other students protested Trump's election Wednesday night near the Alma Mater, echoing larger demonstrations across the country.

Chancellor Robert Jones issued a statement Wednesday in response to rumblings on social media about backlash from Trump supporters, which UI officials have been unable to confirm. His statement urged the campus community to "take a breath" and remember that "we are in this together."

"I think people are anxious," Killeen said later. "I just want to make it clear we are a welcoming place."

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CallSaul wrote on November 11, 2016 at 9:11 am

The problem is that Trump and his ethnonationalist supporters very much believe we are not in this together. That's his campaign and their primal rage scream in a nutshell.

It's a message of exclusion, prejudice and bigotry and the more unhinged Trumpers -- and there are a lot of unhinged Trumpers -- now believe it's open season on people they consider inferior. 

There are reports from all over the country of abuse and violence directed people the ethnonationalists think are beneath them. If any of these reported incidents are confirmed to have happened locally, I hope the U of I has a zero tolerance policy and expells anyone who harasses, intimidates, abuses or assaults someone they no believe they now have permission to from the Crotch Grabber in Chief.

Nice job, Republicans. 

OffTheBusRunning wrote on November 11, 2016 at 12:11 pm

The problem is that Clinton and her postnational-globalist supporters very much believe we are not in this together. That's her campaign and their primal rage scream in a nutshell (ref. deplorables).

It's a message of exclusion, prejudice and bigotry and the more unhinged Clintonians -- and there are a lot of unhinged Clintonians -- now believe it's open season on people they consider inferior. 

There are reports from all over the country of abuse and violence directed at people the postnational-globalist think are beneath them. If any of these reported incidents are confirmed to have happened locally, I hope the U of I has a zero tolerance policy and expells anyone who harasses, intimidates, abuses or assaults someone who dares to hold an opinion or belief contrary to their narcissitically enlightened truths.

Nice job, Democrats.

Be part of the solution Saul, not part of the problem.

 

Tyronius P HoggLegg wrote on November 11, 2016 at 12:11 pm

OffTheBus....well said!!!

Although you may have triggered Saul into a fetal position....which I think might also be his safe space...

CallSaul wrote on November 11, 2016 at 12:11 pm

Fact free babble? Check.

Second grade level I know you are but what am I? level response? Check.

Trump supporter mentality? Perfectly illustrated.

OffTheBusRunning wrote on November 11, 2016 at 12:11 pm

The point--which was, suprisingly, too subtle--is that your attitude is the other side of the same coin, and is not helpful in the least. Your perpetuation of intolerance and hatred brings us no closer to resolving the divide. Shalom

Tyronius P HoggLegg wrote on November 11, 2016 at 1:11 pm

Saul didn't get it because Saul is enraged a lot of times....at a lot of things...Saul is an angry person, and he will post again, as he is angry and always gets that last word in, dont you Saul? Saul? Saul are you there Saul...trying to construct a rebuttal...You go Saul!!!!

CallSaul wrote on November 11, 2016 at 1:11 pm

My point -- apparantly too subtle -- was that Trump's campaign was built on hatred and exclusion: banning Muslims, rounding up and deporting millions of people, punching protestors in the face, mocking the disabled -- there is too much to list here.

There have also been cases of harassment, abuse, intimidation and violence against those the ethnonationalists now feel free to victimize with impunity.

I am not going to come together with the types of disgusting and deplorable people who do this kind of thing or those who seek to downplay and excuse or deny it.

Your use of the tired old right wing line that we're somehow obligated to tolerate their intolerance is quite telling...

OffTheBusRunning wrote on November 11, 2016 at 1:11 pm

Those actions certainly are disgusting and despicable. Yet your candidate and your message was still so toxic and hate-filled that it made that the Trump alternative a more appealing option for so many people. You could look in the mirror and consider how you propagate your agenda...on the other hand, maybe not. You don't need to change, you just need to be and do more of what lost the election. Mazel tov

CallSaul wrote on November 11, 2016 at 1:11 pm

It's funny how liberals and left of center types are always to blame for right wing hatred, prejudice, bigotry, misogyny and even violence.

It's almost as if right wingers can't accept responsibility for their actions but have to blame it others all the time. Just like the Crotchgrabber-in-Chief.

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