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To: Calvin University administration (President Michael LeRoy, Provost Noah Toly, Calvin University Board of Trustees)

Stop LGBTQ+ discrimination at Calvin University!

Stop LGBTQ+ discrimination at Calvin University!

Calvin University utilizes institutional policies and practices to actively and passively discriminate against LGBTQ+ people and their allies in the Calvin University community.

We demand that Calvin University end its discriminatory practices and policies against LGBTQ+ folks in the Calvin community now (this includes faculty, staff, students, potential candidates for hire).

*CALL TO ACTION*
(1) Sign this petition.
(2) Share it with your friends, family members, peers, colleagues, and anyone you think will listen and take action.
(3) Email Calvin University administrators listed below to voice your concerns with Calvin University’s discriminatory policies and practices. Tell them why it matters to you!
(4) Engage in direct actions that are being organized at Calvin University in response to recent LGBTQ+ discrimination.

President Michael LeRoy - president@calvin.edu
Provost Noah Toly - njt8@calvin.edu
Calvin University Board of Trustees - botchair@calvin.edu
Calvin University Human Resources - humanresources@calvin.edu

Why is this important?

These policies and practices include:
(1) Calvin University prohibits staff and faculty members from being in queer relationships through an unclear and dated rule. Calvin University sees “sexual relations” as only being permissible in the context of marriage which they define as only being between “a man and a woman”. A sexual relationship outside of this traditional marriage is not recognized by Calvin University as being a legitimate marriage. Therefore any staff or faculty members in queer relationships and/or marriages will be terminated on the grounds that they are committing “sexual misconduct”.

(2) Calvin University consistently lacks adequate support for their LGBTQ+ students and is not transparent about a lack of supports when recruiting LGBTQ+ students to attend the school. Calvin University publicly brands themself as a Christian university that provides more support and safety for LGBTQ+ students in comparison to other, “more conservative” Christian universities. They do this by publicly advertising the supports the school offers for LGBTQ+ students such as a peer support group - Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA), a therapy group through Calvin’s Center for Counseling and Wellness - Without Shame, and a Sexuality Series Director, a position that has not been filled at a full-time capacity in several years, making it ill-equipped to support LGBTQ+ students and their needs.

(3) Calvin University does not allow LGBTQ+ students to enter certain leadership positions at the university if they are in “same-sex relationships”. The positions include most notably being a resident assistant in university dorms, but this is not the only leadership position LGBTQ+ students are barred from.

(4) Calvin University refuses to allow staff and faculty allies to publicly advocate for LGBTQ+ rights without repercussions and consequences to their careers at Calvin University (denying tenure, reappointment, etc.).

Calvin University’s discriminatory policies and practices:
(1) Create a hostile environment for LGBTQ+ people in the Calvin University community, including LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, students, allies, and potential candidates for hire.

(2) Directly harm LGBTQ+ people and their allies in the Calvin community by ending the careers of LGBTQ+ staff and faculty.

(3) Jeopardize the careers of allies who affirm and seek justice for LGBTQ+ folks in the Calvin community and elsewhere. These policies fuel anxiety, a fear of speaking up, and uncertainty among Calvin faculty and staff. Some faculty and staff have seen their LGBTQ+ colleagues leave or be dismissed from the Calvin community, but they cannot speak up about it for fear of jeopardizing their careers.

(4) Increase feelings of shame among LGBTQ+ people across the Calvin community. Calvin University’s partial affirmation of LGBTQ+ identities but not relationships, leaves many LGBTQ+ folks at Calvin feeling ashamed of themselves, isolated, lonely, and wrong. It furthermore may intensify mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation.

(5) Create a toxic culture where LGBTQ+ people and their rights are debated across campus – dehumanizing LGBTQ+ people into an issue and invalidating their worth as people.

(6) Bar the majority of LGBTQ+ people, including Calvin alumni, from working at the university – effectively limiting any diversity in gender identity or sexual orientation in the staff/faculty makeup at the school. This lack of diversity limits the work and perspectives that Calvin University has. It also sends the message that no matter what gifts and great contributions a person has or may offer Calvin University, their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, bars any contribution to the institution.

Calvin University must STOP their discriminatory policies now! They must stop harming, silencing, and traumatizing LGBTQ+ people and their allies.

This petition was created by Calvin Alumni Lindsay Owens and Grace Swanson.

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2022-03-21 17:59:28 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

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500 signatures reached

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100 signatures reached

2022-03-21 10:59:14 -0400

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