Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Chase Hutchinson Letter To The Editor In Response To Faculty Letter

  On Tuesday December 6th, 2016 the University of Puget Sound Community received an email from a group of faculty members that was “in response to a flyer that was distributed anonymously on our campus” which the email acknowledged was being sent out in an “unusual way” as not all the faculty endorsed the letter. However, there were clearly enough people who felt that there was an exigency that required sending an email out to students despite not having a consensus. It is this exigency I would like to address....
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

November 21, 2016   To the University of Puget Sound community:   As members of faculty of the University of Puget Sound, we write this letter at a moment which we recognize as a difficult one here on this campus and in this country. The divisiveness of our current political discourse is at best a disappointment to those of us who seek meaningful engagement with one another across ideological borders, and at worst an intensified threat to many of us whose identities have long occupied spaces of disempowerment in our...
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Letter to the Editor: Michael Church, Executive Director of Sigma Chi Fraternity International Headquarters

Sent on February 12:  We recently learned of a situation involving our chapter at the University of Puget Sound where individual members of the chapter were alleged to have made discriminatory statements and/or promoted discriminatory behavior during isolated events that occurred in the chapter house.   It is important to know Sigma Chi respects diversity and understands it is a source of our strength, which is why we strive to foster an environment of inclusion in each of our chapters. The make-up of our chapter at the University of Puget...
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Amanda Diaz: Response to “A Second Look on the True Meaning of Diversity”

The article, “A Second Look on the True Meaning of Diversity” by Jess Wiken seems to imply that selecting a president of color is discriminating against Whites. I’ll start by responding to this argument: reverse-racism is not an accurate concept because White people occupy positions of racial privilege, even when they are disadvantaged in other ways. White people are not oppressed. The centuries of rampant racism and cultural extinction perpetuated by European Imperialists creates the history of oppression of people of color in the United States. Blacks were enslaved and...
Letters to the Editor

Austin Colburn: Response to “A Second Look on the True Meaning of Diversity”

To the staff of The Trail, I am writing in response to the piece entitled “Second look on the true meaning of diversity.” I took issue with a number of points in that article, which I understood to be a severe misinterpretation of the needs of students of color, both at Puget Sound and in communities attempting to establish a presence within higher education. The piece described the search for a president of color, or any other intentionally chosen background or identity, to be “restrictive and contradictory to the solidarity...