The University of Victoria, in Canada, has announced the establishment of what it says is the world's first endowed chair in transgender studies. The chair is being created by the Tawani Foundation with a $1 million (U.S.) grant. The foundation has pledged another $1 million to match gifts for the chair. Aaron Devor, the first to hold the chair, is a professor of sociology and former dean at Victoria.
Liberty University has hosted multiple presidential candidates and was praised for inviting Bernie Sanders, whose views on various issues differ from those supported by many at the university. But now some students are criticizing Liberty for inviting the leading Republican candidate in many polls, Donald Trump. The criticism is not about inviting Trump, but about scheduling him for Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Some students are planning a protest.
@JerryJrFalwell Couldn't there be a more respectful choice for Convo on MLK day than Mr. Trump? He seems antagonistic to Dr. King's cause.
Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty, told The Richmond Times-Dispatch that the timing was intentional. Noting that King urged that people be judged not by skin color, but by the content of their character, Falwell said, “Liberty stands for that principle and I believe that Mr. Trump does as well.”
A black vice president has resigned his position at Missouri State University less than a week after a university investigation found no validity to charges made by his supporters that he was being mistreated. Supporters of Kenneth D. Coopwood Sr., vice president of diversity and inclusion, have argued in a petition and elsewhere that he and his office receive inadequate support, especially compared to divisions led by white people. On Thursday, the university announced that an investigation found no evidence to back these charges.
On Monday, Coopwood announced he was leaving. The university released this statement from him: "I agreed to the investigation and actively participated in it. I think that the investigative team took the matter seriously and conducted a thorough investigation. While I accept the investigation and its findings, I have decided it would be best for me to pursue other professional opportunities."
Submitted by Josh Logue on January 5, 2016 - 3:00am
Kent State University has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department in a 2014 fair-housing suit alleging the university violated federal law by denying a student's request to keep her “emotional service animal” -- in this case, a dog -- in student housing, according to a statement from the Justice Department.
Per the agreement, which awaits a judge's approval, Kent State would allow assistance animals in student housing, pay $100,000 to the student, Jacqueline Luke, and her husband, and also pay a further $30,000 to the Fair Housing Advocates Association and $15,000 to the federal government.
In the agreement, however, Kent State also denies any violation of the Fair Housing Act and maintains “that at all times, they operated university housing at Kent State in compliance with all applicable statutes and regulations that prohibit discrimination.”
The settlement, or “consent decree,” can be read in its entirety here.
The Modern Language Association's Executive Council has issued a statement criticizing growing anti-Muslim bias as well as bias against those who teach about Islam. The statement says: "After the terrible shootings in Paris and San Bernardino, we have witnessed a sharp rise in Islamophobia, the intense hatred and fear of Islam and those identifying with the religion and its culture. This includes, but is not restricted to, targeting Arabs and Arab-Americans. In the United States there has been an upsurge in attacks upon and censorship and harassment of those who, as part of their scholarly work, teach about Islam. The MLA condemns any and all violations of free speech and academic freedom, including those based on race, religious affiliation and ethnicity. We especially deplore the firings and intimidation of those teachers who aid in our understanding of Islam."