The University of Southern Miss prides itself on being a culturally diverse and inclusive community supportive of all individuals. The university has even taken the opportunity to make this known through the non-discrimination policy found on the university's website:
The University of Southern Mississippi offers to all persons equal access to educational, programmatic and employment opportunities without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, race, color, national origin, Vietnam era veteran status or disability status.
These provisions are pursuant to applicable federal and state regulations.
However, there is a presence on our campus that seeks to discriminate against one group of individuals. The Chick-Fil-A restaurant in the HUB is part of a company that has a history of discrimination against LGBT individuals, which Southern Miss has made it clear they will not tolerate! Chick-Fil-A has, over the past few years alone, donated millions of dollars to anti-gay organizations such as the Marriage & Family Foundation, Exodus International, and the Family Research Council. Also, the president of Chick-Fil-A, Dan Cathy, recently did an interview where he took an official stance against equality for LGBT individuals and he stated he runs his company in concurrence with those beliefs! So why is such an organization allowed to operate on a campus where policies clearly ban discrimination based upon sexual orientation? Help send a message to university officials to show that we, the students, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters, and fans will no longer stand by and watch our reputation as a culturally inclusive and nondiscriminatory university be tarnished by Chick-Fil-A and its discriminatory policies! It's time to remove the restaurant and replace it with a restaurant whose parent company's policies reflect those of our university!