Remove Chick-fil-A vendor from the Marshall Center
  • Petitioned Steve Dobrowolski

This petition was delivered to:

University of South Florida Dining Management
Steve Dobrowolski

Remove Chick-fil-A vendor from the Marshall Center

    1. Scott Ferguson
    2. Petition by

      Scott Ferguson

      Tampa, FL

September 2012


From Petition Creator Dr. Scott Ferguson: "According to Chicago alderman, Joe Moreno, and the advocacy group, Civil Rights Agenda, Chick-fil-A has agreed to stop funding anti-LGBT rights groups as well as to distribute an internal memo to employees titled, “Chick-fil-A: Who We Are,” which affirms the company’s commitment to a discrimination-free workplace. As a result, Moreno will no longer block the corporation’s plans to open a store in the city of Chicago. Conspicuously, Chick-fil-A has yet to engage the public directly or release the documents at issue for examination. This secretive conduct is consistent with the corporation’s behind-the-scenes donation practices, out-of-court discrimination suit settlements, and recent closed-door meeting with college groups in Atlanta. Time will tell whether Chick-fil-A intends to uphold their new-found devotion to civil rights. In the meantime, the petition to remove the company from the USF Marshall Center will be suspended in light of the company’s purported shift in policy. For this reason, I would like to thank the petition’s 840 signers as well as its countless additional advocates for their commitment and support. I also promise this: the USF petition will be immediately reinstated if Chick-fil-A fails to uphold its new policy aims. Alderman Moreno has declared Chick-fi-A’s change of heart a “victory.” If it is a step forward, however, it is not Chick-fil-A who deserves acclaim, but a critically engaged public. Thank you. Sincerely, Dr. Scott Ferguson"

Inspired by similar efforts at college campuses across the United States, this petition aims to censure Chick-fil-A's discriminatory practices against the LGBT community as well as to foster a more diverse and just campus life at the University of South Florida.

Chick-fil-A currently serves thousands of students a year at the University of South Florida. However, the company has spoken openly against LGBT equality and consistently funded groups that seek to curb LGBT rights. In fact, Chick-fil-A has donated over $5 million dollars to anti-gay organizations between 2003 - 2010, supporting groups such as Focus On The Family, Exodus International, and the Family Research Council.

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As a campus that stands for diversity and inclusion, the University of South Florida should not fund a company that supports anti-equality measures. LGBT rights are human rights and no university should cooperate with a group that is openly against human rights. By removing the Chick-fil-A vendor from the Marshall Center, the USF community will affirm its commitment to all of its members.

All are welcome to sign. However, if you are a USF student, staff, or faculty member, please include your full name and the reason why you are signing.

Thank you.


Dr. Scott Ferguson

Assistant Professor

Department of Humanities & Cultural Studies

University of South Florida


* The above language has been adapted from Peggy Hay's University of Louisville petition (see 

Steve Dobrowolski, University of South Florida Dining Management
I just signed the following petition addressed to: University of South Florida.

This petition aims to remove the Chick-fil-A vendor from the USF Marshall Center.

Doing so will foster a more diverse and just public university, while censuring Chick-fil-A's discriminatory practices against the LGBT community.


[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Matthew Cruz TARPON SPRINGS, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      I myself am a Gay student at USF and though for years I enjoyed Chick-fil-A's food. After the comments made earlier this year, I am forced to boycott eating there. The University is all about diversity and acceptance and for USF to suppport the company is hypocrisy on an astounding level. I would prefer if Chick-fil-A were removed from campus and replaced with a more "human-friendly" business.

    • Janine Villot TAMPA, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Universities and educational institutes should be a safe space for people of all backgrounds. I will never deny any entity the right to support a political group, no matter how virulently I disagree, but Chick-fil-A is reaping profits off a campus with limited vendors and gaining profit from an entity, in this case USF, supposedly dedicated to equality and acceptance. On a personal level, and as a member of the LGBT community, I feel personally threatened by an anti-equality company's existence in a space I work and learn.

    • Derek Wilson FOXBORO, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      If USF is the most diverse and socially accepting University in the state of Florida, I am dumb-founded as to why Chick-fil-A, and anti-diversity promoter, is allowed to run in the heart of the campus. The Students' Center is a place where EVERYONE should feel welcome, and with Chick-fil-A there, 10% of the students are not welcome... I believe USF to be a promoter in diversity, and that is why Chick-fil-A must go.

    • Hannah Leigh ROCHESTER, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I support LGBT and getting the best education that you can, redgardless of who you are!

    • Becky Bennett RUSH, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Our country was founded on equal rights for ALL!


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