Many Princeton University faculty members, including former school president Shirley Tilghman, ethicist Peter Singer, and chapel dean Alison Boden, have signed a statement in support of diversity and against racism and discrimination.
As of 4 p.m. on Thursday, 297 faculty members across the campus from many academic departments had signed the joint statement supporting diversity.
“Amid reports of hate crimes on campuses and schools, we, the undersigned Princeton University faculty, firmly emphasize our belief that all members of our community deserve to be treated with empathy and respect,” reads the statement. “We come together on this issue not as Democrats or as Republicans, but as concerned members of our community.”
The faculty members said they fully support Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber’s recent message emphasizing Princeton University’s “steadfast commitment to embrace people of all ethnicities, religions, nationalities, genders, and identities, and our equally fundamental commitment to foster the free and vigorous exchange of ideas.”
“We pledge to be outspoken in the defense of these values,” reads the faculty statement.
Hundreds of hates crimes have been reported across the nation since the presidential election last week, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Harassment most commonly occurred in K-12 schools and on university campuses. Many, though not all incidents, involved direct references to the Trump campaign, according to the group. Churches have also been targeted.
The University of Michigan issued a campus safety alert Sunday after a Muslim student told police a white male demanded she remove her hijab or he would set her on fire with a lighter.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered state police to open an investigation into reports that a swastika and “Trump” were spray painted on the walls of a dorm at SUNY Geneseo.
Last Friday, black first-year students at the University of Pennsylvania received racist and violent messages on their cell phones via the app GroupMe. The messages were from someone using the handle “Daddy Trump” and the group name was N-Lynching. Officials tracked the messages to a University of Oklahoma student.