Alums Circulate Petition in Solidarity With Trans* Activists

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In mere hours three students will go before the SJB in a highly controversial hearing on their alleged participation in a political campaign. Alums have sprung into action, drafting a letter in solidarity with the defendants and quickly securing an impressive range of signatories. At the time of this post, more than 211 alumnae from class years spanning 1981-2013 have signed the call from countries all over the world. The full text of the letter and the signatures is below:

We, progressive Wesleyan alumni, are deeply distressed to learn of the mistreatment of current transgender students and allies on campus. We support the brave student activists who responded to their experience of marginalization by expressing themselves through de-gendering the bathrooms.

 Transgender people face socially-sanctioned dehuminization and abuse, employment discrimination, threats and violence. Wesleyan’s perpetuation of this behavior is abhorrent and inconsistent with the values that the University fosters among its students, such as social justice, inclusivity, and community. In this and other actions of late we are witnessing an eroding of Wesleyan’s core values, and we are concerned about the current and future climate of a place we once held so dear. As alumni, we are the spokespersons and ambassadors for our alma mater. We want the school which we attended and which we represent to remain faithful to the ethos of fairness with which it was founded and for which it is known. We want Wesleyan to continue to inspire other universities and institutions through its exemplary commitment to social justice.

Though the school considers the de-gendering of bathrooms to be property damage and vandalism, far more destructive are the conditions which gave rise to the students’ actions. Wesleyan must recognize the root cause of the actions: a climate in which trans students feel silenced, unwelcome and unsafe. Rather than punish the very people who are being harmed, Wesleyan needs to look at how it can create a more inclusive campus. Those people and institutions preventing some community members from feeling safe are not under investigation nor being held accountable. Rather, only those standing up for a safer campus have been sanctioned.

We demand that the Administration ensure that trans students feel safe on campus, especially when engaged in an act as basic and essential as using the bathroom. We ask that you stop the SJB process that singles out a handful of students for an action that was taken by many as a means of survival. Instead of blaming the victims of oppression, Wesleyan must engage in a dialogue about cisgender privilege and begin to do the painful but necessary work of creating a campus that is just and safe for all.

Proudly,

Wesleyan Alumni

 

Abby Biberman

2004

Abigail Boggs

2002

Ada Pinkston

2005

Adrien Weibgen

2005

Agueda Ortega

2013

Alain Chan

2012

Alana Perino

2011

Alex Hirsch

2013

Alex Kelley

2013

Alexander Levey

2009

Alexandra Patrick

2013

Alice Ruby

1991

Allegra Stout

2012

Ally Bernstein

2012

Amara Davila

2013

Amelia Tatarian

2013

Amy Barth

2004

Andrea Cortes-Juarbe

2005

Andreas Gurewich

2005

Andrew Pfeiffer

2013

Anna Lefer Kuhn

1997

Anna Steed

2005

Anthony Zosherafatain

2010

Anwar Batte

2013

Anya Backlund

2011

Anya Maddow-Zimet

2004

Ari Fishman

2013

Ari Lev Fornari

2004

Arli Christian

2004

Aviva Tevah

2009

Becca Snelling

2012

Beck WItt

2003

Ben Doernberg

2012

Ben Spatz

2001

Benjamin Hart

2011

Bill Beluch

2013

Brendan Martin

1995

Briana Deutsch

2009

Caitlin Slattery

2006

Cam Awkward-Rich

2011

Cameron Couch

2013

Cara Herbitter

2003

Charlie Abbott

2010

Cheryl Walker

2012

Christian Lalonde

2013

Christina Pham

2013

Christine Tristani

2013

Claire Randall

2012

Colin Casey

2005

Conrad Wenzel

2003

Corey Guilmette

2013

Corey Harrower

2007

Dan Fischer

2011

Dan Ping He

2013

Dana Raviv

2006

Dani Patrick

2013

Danielle Feris

2002

David Rood-Ojalvo

2005

Dylan Turmeque-Lamont

2013

Eli Hetko

2011

Elissa Martel

2010

Elizabeth Evans

2013

Elizabeth Tammaro

2013

Ellana Theodorou

2012

Em Kianka

2013

Emily Black

2013

Emily Brown

2012

Emily Keeler

2007

Emily Shechtman

2008

Emma Alpert

2004

Emma Cooper-Serber

1997

Eric Bissell

2010

Erin O’donnell

2012

Ev Evnen

2010

Evan Bissell

2005

Evan Weber

2013

Evelyn Israel

2010

Ez Cukor

2005

Fatima Ahmed

2004

Frank Lyon

2005

Gaspar Caro

2005

Gina Eichenbaum-Pikser

2005

Hannah Barber

2010

Hannah Rubin

2013

Henry Thornhill

2012

Iris Jacob

2006

Jack Downey

2002

James Gardner

2013

Javier Gaston-Greenburg

2004

Jeff Jorve

2004

Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli

2010

Jenny Hipscher

2004

Jeremy Keim-Shenk

2012

Jesse Brent

2103

Jesse Ross-Silverman

2013

Jessica Gregg

2004

Jessie Morris

2004

JM Jaffe

2009

Jose Chapa

2007

Joseph D Cribb

2013

Josh Smith

2011

Julia Marcus

2003

Julie Neuspiel

2009

Justin Leroy

2005

Kateryn Nuñez

2013

Katherine Eyster

2010

Katherine Steinle

1999

Katherine Wolf

2012

Kathryn Schoendorf

2004

Katie Burk

2002

Katie Halper

2003

Katiria Calderon

2005

Kaya Ceci

2013

Kendra Ing

2004

Kevin Hayes

2011

Kevin Walters

2012

Kiera Mulvey

2000

Kieran K. Meadows

2004

Kristen Raddatz

2013

Lane Lauriat

2009

Laura Hymson

2000

Laurel Kennedy

2004

Leah Rotkin-Ellman

2002

Leila Tabbaa

2007

Lena Solow

2012

Lesley Chapman

2009

Lex Horan

2007

Lida Shao

2006

Lilly Dagdigian

2008

Lily Haskell

2004

Liza Eyster

2004

Lizzie Busch

2010

Lucas Guilkey

2010

Lucas Mantilla

2013

Maddie Thomson

2008

Maggie Burbank

2002

Maggie Graham

2004

Maggie White

2005

Mairead Ahern Salsich

2004

Mallory Cruz

2011

Maria Bonacci

2001

Mark Bennett

2013

Maxwell Hellman

2013

May Kyi

2004

Mayuran Tiruchelvam

2003

Megan Greenberg

2007

Meggie Mcguire

2012

Meggie Twible

2012

Melanie Ferdinand

2013

Melissa Rosario

2005

Meredith Jacks

2003

Mia Unger

2002

Mica Taliafaro

2012

Michael Andolina

2005

Michael Conrad

2013

Michael Lazar

2013

Molly Carina Dengler

2006

Natalie Ng

2013

Nick Malinowski

2004

Nico Vitti

2012

Nicole Davis

1994

Nicole Pritchard

2005

Nicole Sugerman

2007

Nikolás I. McConnie-Saad

2005

Omar Hernandez

2004

Oneka LaBennett

1994

Paige Kruza

2007

Paul Blasenheim

2012

Per Stinchcombe

2008

Piper Coutinho-Sledge

2003

Rachel Sigman

2001

Rachel Williams

2005

Randy Linder

2013

Rashida Richardson

2008

Rosa Cohen-Cruz

2007

S.G. Myrseth

2010

Sabelo Narasimhan

1997

Sally Lee

1996

Sam Fleischner

2005

Samantha Hurley

2009

Sara Ghebremichael

2004

Sara Pullen

1997

Sarah Ashkin

2011

Sarah Krauss

2000

Sarah Leitson

2011

Sascha Weiss

2004

Sean Fisher

2003

Selina Ellis

2004

Slamming

2013

Sonia Silbert

2002

Sophia Hussain

2013

Susan Meeker

1981

Tanya Ellman

2001

Tara Urs

1998

Teju Adisa-Farrar

2013

Tev Monnin

2005

Tony Zosherafatain

2010

Una Osato

2004

Vivian Chau Best

2003

Vladimir Gurewich

2010

Will Feinstein

2013

Xiomara Lorenzo

2005

Yael Chanoff

2011

Zach Goldberg

2013

Zach Schonfeld

2013

Zach Strassburger

2006

Zack Hall

2004

Zak Kirwood

2012

Zakia Henderson-Brown

2006

Zil Goldstein

2005

Zoe Mueller

2013

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  2. Wes Alums

    Wes Alums continuing to write in and sign on:

    Alix Strunk 2005
    Ana J. Portilla 2007
    Cashman Kerr Prince 1992
    Cheryl Walker 2012
    Chris Kontopidis 2010
    Christene De Jong 2002
    David Stein 2006
    Elizabeth Damaskos 2012
    Jillian Moreno 2013
    Lily Seaman 2002
    Marina Reza 2013
    Mark Leonida 2008
    Marshall Johnson 2011
    Martha S. Tenney 2009
    Matt Browner-Hamlin 2004
    Melissa Silverman 2009
    Micharri Pratts 2013
    Michelle Loucas 1993
    Mimi Bai 2009
    Paolo Speirn 2010
    Ravid Chowdhury 2009
    Sarah Hexter 2005
    Suzanne Ho 2013

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