SUNY Board of Trustees and Chancellor Statement on Speaker Appearance at UB

March 9, 2023

"We have made and witnessed great progress in our state and nation ensuring that our transgender friends, colleagues, students, family, and neighbors feel a sense of security and belonging, and are, in fact, safe and included. It is extremely dangerous to delegitimize and stigmatize transgender people by arguing they have no right to exist. References to ‘eradication’ are horrifying when leveled at any group of people. At SUNY it is core to our mission that we secure and promote an inclusive environment where our students thrive. Such hateful speech only redoubles our certainty that building learning communities that appreciate and respect diversity in all its forms, every person and every culture, is central to our mission."

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