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Gallaudet Reinstates McCaskill as Chief Diversity Officer

We are extremely disappointed to learn that Dr. Angela McCaskill, who signed an anti-gay petition to bring marriage equality up for vote in Maryland, has been reinstated in her position at Gallaudet as Chief Diversity Officer.

The following was emailed to the Gallaudet campus community this morning on behalf of President T. Alan Hurwitz. Note that students and faculty are conveniently on winter break.  If anyone has further information about this situation that they would like to share (on or off record), please contact us at planetdeafqueer@gmail.com.

Gallaudet Take Note: University Within Its Right to Fire Anti-Gay Administrator

As of this writing, the Chief Diversity Officer controversy at Gallaudet University remains unresolved. Will Dr. Angela McCaskill be terminated for signing a petition that was anti-gay in nature? Will she be reinstated or reassigned? Will the University settle the issue by granting the monetary settlement McCaskill seeks? At this time we can only speculate that negotiations between McCaskill’s attorney and Gallaudet continue to take place or have come to a standstill.

AIDS Quilt Panel

Blast from the Past: 1996 AIDS Quilt Memorial

[Photo of Drago Renteria comforting Hope Manley in front of her Dad’s quilt panel at the 1996 AIDS Quilt Memorial.]

October 1996, Washington, D.C.: The AIDS Memorial Quilt covered the entire National Mall. This would be the last year the Quilt was dispayed in its entirety. It was also the first time that a display of the Quilt had been visited by an American president. – Quilt History

Gallaudet’s SBG Updates Students on Chief Diversity Officer Situation

Gallaudet University’s Student Body Government shares the latest updates regarding to the Chief Diversity Officer situation.

Maryland Marriage Alliance Quietly Removes Anti-Gay Marriage Ad Featuring McCaskill

The anti-gay marriage organization, Maryland Marriage Alliance, has quietly removed the advertisement they posted on YouTube featuring Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill.  The ad, which was broadcast widely on television stations in Maryland, urged people to vote against Question 6.

We last reported that Gallaudet had been working with its attorney to get the ad removed citing that the images and video used in the ad were obtained without permission from Gallaudet’s website and are Gallaudet’s intellectual property and copyrighted.

Gallaudet Protests

Protests at Gallaudet

Check out these news articles and videos for a glimpse of the protests that took place at Gallaudet this afternoon:

Fox 5
WUSA 9
WJLA 7
Washington Post

Should Dr. McCaskill be given her job back? Tell us what you think in the comments section below!

 


Statement from Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz

Statement from Gallaudet’s President

Statement from Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz:

Since placing Gallaudet University’s Chief Diversity Officer on paid administrative leave, Gallaudet University has been called upon by several external organizations to immediately reinstate Dr. Angela McCaskill in her position as Chief Diversity Officer. We recently became aware that several of those external organizations plan to hold demonstrations at Gallaudet University starting this week.

As much as I understand the views that some outside organizations have about the immediate return of our Chief Diversity Officer to campus, at the same time we need to move forward at a rate appropriate for our entire community.

Message from Gallaudet’s Provost

October 18, 2012

Greetings:This memorandum is for students, staff, and faculty in the Division of Academic Affairs.

Students

Given recent events, I want to assure you that all programs and services of the Office of Diversity and Equity for Students (ODES) will continue uninterrupted. This includes Keeping the Promise: Black Students, Keeping the Promise: Latino Students, Multicultural Student Affairs, and the LGBTQA Resource Center. Mr. Edgar Palmer, executive director of ODES, will report to me until further notice.

Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer Featured in Anti-Gay Marriage Ad

Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, is currently being featured in an anti-gay marriage ad being shown on local broadcast channels in Maryland. The ad, shown above, was created by the anti-gay marriage group Maryland Marriage Alliance.

Maryland Marriage Alliance obtained images and videos of Dr. McCaskill from Gallaudet University’s website. Gallaudet is working to get the ad removed citing materials are intellectual property and copyrighted. The images and videos were used without Gallaudet’s permission. 

Video: Dr. Angela McCaskill Press Conference

Video/Transcript: McCaskill Press Conference

Video: Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, speaks to reporters at a press conference she called on Tuesday.  Watch it over at the Baltimore Sun.

Transcript of Interpreter’s voice-over:

Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer Speaks

Is Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, opposed to marriage equality?  She’s not telling.  According to an interview conducted today with ABC7 news, her attorney, J. Wyndal Gorden, stated that McCaskill would not be expressing her personal view on the matter until she was at the voting booth.

“Signing that petition is a right that I have as a citizen of the state of Maryland. It simply means that I want to see this very sensitive issue put on the ballot as a referendum in the state of Maryland,” Dr. Angela McCaskill told Mike Conneen of ABC7 news.

First Person: What We Can Expect from Dr. McCaskill’s Press Conference

By M. Matton

Ever wish you had a crystal ball that could predict the future? I bought a crystal ball at a fair once when I was 10. This morning, I took it out of the attic; I wanted to see if it would give me a glimpse of what we can expect at today’s news conference.  It wasn’t much help but I do have some hunches.

Gallaudet President Issues Statement

Statement from President T. Alan Hurwitz regarding the Chief Diversity Officer:

Dear Campus Community,

I am sending this communication to indicate forcefully that Gallaudet University would like to work with its Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, to enable her to return to the community from her administrative leave.

As many know, Dr. McCaskill exercised her right to sign a petition concerning legislation on gay marriage. Because of her position at Gallaudet as our Chief Diversity Officer, many individuals at our university were understandably concerned and confused by her action. They wanted to know “does that action interfere with her ability to perform her job?”

First Person: An Open Letter to Dr. Angela McCaskill

An Open Letter to Dr. Angela McCaskill, Chief Diversity Officer at Gallaudet

Dr. McCaskill, Angela, as I am sitting down to finally carve the pumpkin I had hoped to donate to the Office of Diversity and you, I am moved to set down my thoughts to share with you.  I don’t yet know if I will send it to you, or if I will share it with the community. I only know I need to write these thoughts and still the dizzying whirl of feelings and reactions that have my mind abuzz.  We shall see when the pumpkin is carved and the lines here written what is worth the sharing.  

Announcement from Gallaudet’s SBG

Statement to Gallaudet University students, staff, and faculty from Student Body Government President Stephanie Johnston:

We would like to acknowledge that Dr. Angela McCaskill has been placed on administrative leave until further notice. We are pleased to see that action has been taken; however, we recognize how critical it is for students to be an important part of this decision making process.

Gallaudet University's Chief Diversity Office Placed on Administrative Leave

Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer Placed on Administrative Leave

Gallaudet University’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, has been placed on administrative leave.  The following is an official statement from Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz:

Gallaudet University | Office of the President

Dear Campus Community,

Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer Signs Anti-Gay Petition

On November 6th, Maryland voters will decide whether the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which was enacted by the Maryland legislature and grants lesbian and gay couples the equal right to marry, is upheld or rejected.

While there are many that support overturning this important civil rights legislation, one person you would never expect to be in favor of doing so is Gallaudet University’s own Chief Diversity Officer and Maryland resident, Dr. Angela McCaskill.

New Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator at DC Center

Adrienne, a Gallaudet University intern, is the new Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator at the DC Center in Washington, DC.  She also works with DC GenderQueer and is co-facilitator of OutToQuit.

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