An Open Letter Against Bigotry
Graduate Assistants United (GAU), the labor union representing graduate assistants at the Florida State University (FSU), strongly condemns the scheduled appearance of Milo Yiannopoulos on our campus and finds it to be in direct contradiction to the University’s goals of creating an environment free from discrimination. Yiannopoulos, who was invited to speak by the FSU College Republicans, a Registered Student Organization at FSU, has a well documented history of racial discrimination and abuse targeted toward women, Muslims, and people of color, along with many other minority groups. He has actively encouraged harassment of vulnerable people, and his presence here can only amplify the hatred he enjoys instilling and inflaming in others.
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Please welcome Cristina Carter, who was just appointed as GAU’s first official Diversity Chair! Cristina is a Tallahassee native and first-generation American. A PhD student in the Religion department, Cristina is excited to help us broaden our outreach to the many diverse groups across campus. With plans in place to contact groups for veterans, students of color, students with disabilities, and the LGBT+ community, Cristina and the diversity committee will have lots to do in the coming months. If you want to be a part of this, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GAU will be hosting a diversity training session led by Allies & Safe Zones. There are 10 seats available.
The Aliles & Safe Zones 101 workshop is a three-hour basic training in allyship and contemporary LGBTQ+ issues. Topics of discussion include: sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, current LGBTQ+ vocabulary, how to be an effective ally, and exploring further allyship possibilities.
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