Faculty and staff at UT: #StandwithCheek
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UT Knoxville faculty and staff: Let's stand with our students in standing with Chancellor Cheek, by endorsing this faculty version of the student petition already gathering hundreds of student signatures on Change.Org:
"The University of Tennessee administration is under intense fire. UTK is a place where all students have the freedom to be who they want to be and also be challenged on their beliefs. This is why we have diversity dialogues on campus, this is why we have sex week, this is why we have town halls, this is why we have student organizations that advocate for all viewpoints on the political spectrum. Students come to college to have an educational experience and engage in learning other peoples points of view both conservative and liberal. Although some in the legislature may not realize that UT is a place for all students, Chancellor Cheek and Vice-Chancellor Hall have made this a priority. Over his time here he has worked to make this campus a place where students who are the majority and the minority can call home. This certainly goes without saying but #StandwithCheek does not mean you stand for Cheek or all that he has done. It is simply recognizing that removal from office for trying to be inclusive is not merits for termination. Moreover, if Chancellor Cheek stays, one should expect students to hold him even more accountable in the future for committing to what he says he will do. We support Chancellor Cheek in the face of state - level opposition to diversity programs and initiatives on campus."
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