Be inclusive of all students in the UT class of 2021.
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The University of Texas at Austin has always prided itself in its commitment to diversity and inclusivity of all identities. Whether you're an immigrant, Muslim, Christian, Jew, athiest, differently abled, black, white, mixed heritage, part of the LGBTQIA community, or otherwise, there has always been a place for you on UT's campus.
However, by scheduling the traditional class photo for this year (class of 2021) on Friday, September 29th at 5:45pm, we are isolating an entire identity within our community.
Friday September 29th is the start of the Jewish High Holy day, Yom Kippur. Even secular Jews who do not attend synagogue or practice Judaism regularly usually make an effort for this holy day, as it is the most important day within the Jewish religion and community at large. This year, the holiday directly conincides with the class of 2021 photo on the football field.
Taking that class photo has been a tradition for new students for as long as we can remember, where all students of the class get out their burnt orange, and stand on the field in the shape of a longhorn; it's a moment of huge pride, spirit, and belonging for all of us.
Why not our Jewish students?
Stand with me in the fight to reschedule the class photo so that it does not isolate an entire identity from taking part in a memorable UT experience we have all earned.
Hook 'em! ��
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