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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 21, 2016


UUP condemns hate crimes


CLICK HERE to read the UUP resolution

ALBANY - United University Professions, the nation’s largest higher education union, is taking a strong stand against incidents of harassment, hate and violence on SUNY campuses and college campuses nationwide.

The union’s Executive Board unanimously approved a resolution that “calls upon our campuses, communities, and our nation to come together in vigilant support of inclusion, of pluralism, and of diversity.” The resolution also says “UUP expresses its unequivocal condemnation of hateful expression in any and all forms on SUNY (State University of New York) campuses, our communities and our nation.”

“Throughout our history, the higher education community has stood as a sanctuary for students from diverse backgrounds to come together and to learn from each other. It is not a place to sew misunderstanding and hatred,” said Frederick E. Kowal, Ph.D., president of United University Professions. “We must stand up and reject hate, racism, sexism and xenophobia.”

The Nov. 18 resolution was spurred by a national wave of hate speech, hate crimes and harassment on college campuses since the Nov. 8 presidential election.

At least two incidents of hate have occurred on SUNY campuses since Nov. 8. On Nov. 11, a swastika and the word “Trump” were discovered in a residence hall on the campus of SUNY Geneseo. Hate graffiti that read in part, “Isis is calling! Muslims can leave!” with a drawing of a heart next to the word “Trump” was found inside a residence hall at SUNY New Paltz on Nov. 10. Both cases are under investigation by police.

The UUP resolution calls on SUNY’s administration and the SUNY Faculty Senate to join the union to counter any and all expressions of hate.

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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