Public statement from SHEPARD in response to the events of this week:
Dear Members of the Providence College Community,
In light of recent events, we felt it prudent to address the entire Providence College community. For those of you who are unfamiliar with SHEPARD, (Stopping Homophobia Eliminating Prejudice and Restoring Dignity) we have existed uniquely at Providence College for ten years as the campus educational outlet for LGBT issues. As an educational outlet, we serve the entire campus community through events and weekly meetings that support and maintain the Friar Four: Contemplation and Communication, Integrated Learning, Cultural Competence and Human Flourishing. Over the past ten years we have been able to make great strides and effect positive change on campus. However, our ability to educate has been limited in the past.
At Providence College, the only resource available for LGBT students are the resources those students provide for themselves. We were ecstatic to find out that, our campus faculty was providing an academic resource for LGBT students and the community at large with a resource in the form of the academic presentation The Meaning of (Gay) Marriage. We were subsequently devastated when this resource was canceled.
At this time, we would like to express our gratitude to the faculty senate for their continued support. Last year, the Faculty Senate passed a resolution to include sexual orientation in the institution’s non-discrimination policy. While we wait for the Board of Trustees to rule on this resolution, we are optimistic about the dialogue that these recent events have generated. We look forward to a campus that is less polarized on this and other issues, and one that is more freely inquisitive and respectfully conversational. We see this academic conversation as an avenue for our community to get there.
We will remain here, as an outlet for all interested members of the PC community, long after conversations about this event have subsided.
The SHEPARD Executive Board
Amanda Centrella ‘14, Caroline Jones ‘14, Kyle McCandless ‘14, Harper Rhodes ‘16, Matthew Henry Smith ‘16