Members of the Rochester Institute of Technology Community say: "Donald Trump is Not Who We Are"

Members of the Rochester Institute of Technology Community say: "Donald Trump is Not Who We Are"

As a member of the Rochester Institute of Technology community, I invite all members to stand together against the racial, religious and other intolerance that Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric promotes. It is putting our Latino, Muslim-American, those with disabilities, and other community members directly at risk.

There is no place for this kind of discrimination at Rochester Institute of Technology or in America.

As a community, we affirm the values that make us who we are: diversity, openness and compassion.

Join me in saying: Donald Trump is not who America is, and he is not who Rochester Institute of Technology is.

Why is this important?

We stand as RIT students to say that Donald Trump is not who we are. RIT values diversity and fosters an atmosphere of inclusion. We include 2,000 international students from 100 countries. We include 3,000 students of color. We include 1,200 deaf and hard of hearing students. We include students from all walks of life and we are proud to represent the pluralism and cross cultural collaboration that make this country great.

Unfortunately, these values and commitments are not reflected in Donald Trump’s campaign. Instead, we see a campaign fueled on hateful rhetoric that seeks to divide us and pit us against one another. His words and actions stoke fear and encourage a racist fringe element. As RIT students, we say it is not what we stand for and it is not who we are.

Rochester, NY, United States

Updates

2016-09-22 16:12:20 -0400

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