Calvin : Here's one Princeton Review list we don't want to be on
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Calvin : Here's one Princeton Review list we don't want to be on

    1. Joel Meredith
    2. Petition by

      Joel Meredith

      East Lansing, MI

As alumni, current students, and concerned members of the community, we are dismayed that Calvin College has once again made the Princeton Review’s list of the top 20 least welcoming schools in the United States for LGBT students.

We don’t want to belittle the progress that we’ve made in recent years, nor do we wish to diminish ongoing efforts for inclusivity. When faced with the hard reality that the Princeton Review highlights, however, we feel that the response has been underwhelming at best.

Year after year we make the list. Year after year we’re told by school officials, “We realize that we’re not perfect, but we want everyone to know that they have a place on our campus regardless of their sexual orientation.”

This poll clearly shows that not everyone has a place on Calvin’s campus.

For those of us who previously or currently attend Calvin, we see the potential. We fervently believe that there is an incredible opportunity for Calvin to offer something unique to the world in providing a place for members of the community who identify as LGBT to be completely authentic. Many of us chose Calvin because we didn’t want to leave our spiritual expression to the wayside at a non-religiously affiliated school. Transgender, straight, bisexual, gay – we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Every year more students are coming to Calvin, searching for that place where they can be whole. When will we live up to that promise? When will we finally deliver?

The status quo is not sufficient when it’s a question of the well-being of our siblings in Christ be they transgender, bisexual, lesbian, intersex, questioning or gay. We must ask ourselves if we are willing to push another generation of people away from the church. There are many among us who are physically living, but emotionally and spiritually dying. When will we reach out a hand to them, when will we open our hearts with Christ’s compassion as our guide, when will we make room for them?

Welcoming and advocating for LGBTQ students is not acting unfaithfully toward denominational positions on homosexuality; rather it is acting in the wise, compassionate, ever-reforming character that the Reformed tradition holds to, and more than that it is acting in the nature of Christ's expansive love for all God's children.

We are excited about the future of Calvin College. By signing this petition, we affirm that Calvin has much to offer the world; as members of the LGBT community and their friends, family and supporters, we would like to be a part of that.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Richard Kennedy ORLANDO, FL
      • 10 months ago

      I witnessed first hand the awful treatment of my room mate at Hope College by the Education Department (basically denied his certification when they found out he was gay). Awful mess. Calvin looks to be not far behind in their treatment of students who are LBGT.

    • Steven Howard GRAND RAPIDS, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      I studied at Calvin.

    • Nathan Ritsema GRAND RAPIDS, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      Because we have to give love to get love

    • Christopher Thyberg PITTSBURGH, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have friends and family that are LGBT+ and I believe strongly in their rights, dignity and worth. I would like to see Calvin uphold those values as well.

    • Emily DeVries VICTORVILLE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      As a Calvin Alumni I have seen the strides taken towards being more inclusive of LGBTQ+ students. I have taken part in educational groups to try to bring more understanding and acceptance to the community at Calvin College. I have great friends who identify as LGBTQ+ and I believe that they should be able to feel at home on their college campus. It is atrocious that Calvin continues to come up on this list.

      Change needs to happen. Love and acceptance shall triumph.


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