Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912

The Legislature passed SB1912/HB2248 that removes funding from the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.  Sign this petition that we will deliver to Governor Haslam asking him to veto the bill.

Governor Haslam, we call on you to veto SB1912/HB2248 and protect the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's Office for Diversity and Inclusion.  The office plays a vital role in making the university competitive for the best students, faculty, and staff and it makes campus life welcoming for all.  Thank you for considering our views.

Who's signing

Sarah Hietpas
Klay Brooks
Carey Ellen Pettigrew Goss
Khoa Dinh
Justin Berry
Devan Pope
Adrianne Kembel
Michael Terranova
Suzanne Dismukes
Amber Cooper
Shelby Stringfield
Rubens Ghenov
Jennifer Bonsor
Ashley Sinthavong
Stephen Greene
Nilou Soltanian
Morgan Peters
2,097 SIGNATURES
2,500 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Sarah Hietpas
    signed via 2016-04-27 12:02:06 -0500
  • Brent Meredith
    signed 2016-04-27 12:00:07 -0500
  • Klay Brooks
    signed 2016-04-27 11:46:13 -0500
  • Carey Ellen Pettigrew Goss
    signed via 2016-04-27 11:43:47 -0500
  • Megan Chase
    signed via 2016-04-27 11:34:19 -0500
  • Khoa Dinh
    signed via 2016-04-27 11:33:29 -0500
  • Chris
    signed 2016-04-27 11:30:05 -0500
  • Terrence Kite
    signed 2016-04-27 11:28:31 -0500
  • Justin Berry
    signed via 2016-04-27 11:25:52 -0500
  • Henry Wilcox
    signed via 2016-04-27 11:18:38 -0500
  • Devan Pope
    signed via 2016-04-27 11:12:30 -0500
    As an alumnus of the university, I am so sad to see such an integral department be subjected to ridiculous legislation from fearful elected officials. If you want UT to be a well-respected institution representing the state of Tennessee, please VETO this bill. It will only harm those in the most disadvantaged positions hoping to attend college and feel welcomed and safe. Even if you are unsure on the issues of religious freedom or LGBTQ rights, please veto for the sake of the people of color, international students, and those of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds. UT should be a space welcoming to all.
  • Samantha Ownby
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-27 11:12:17 -0500
    Sign the petition: Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912
  • Samantha Ownby
    @samantha_ownby tweeted link to this page. 2016-04-27 11:12:14 -0500
  • Adrianne Kembel
    signed via 2016-04-27 10:57:51 -0500
  • Michael Terranova
    signed via 2016-04-27 10:53:58 -0500
  • Suzanne Dismukes
    signed via 2016-04-27 10:36:45 -0500
    For my friends; for UT; for Knoxville; for a better humanity.
  • Amber Cooper
    signed via 2016-04-27 10:13:57 -0500
  • Kell Christie
    signed 2016-04-27 10:13:24 -0500
    Please, please don’t sign this bill. It will set us back so many decades!
  • Shelby Stringfield
    signed via 2016-04-27 10:09:47 -0500
  • Rubens Ghenov
    signed via 2016-04-27 10:08:54 -0500
  • T Sripunvoraskul
    signed via 2016-04-27 10:07:18 -0500
  • Jennifer Bonsor
    signed via 2016-04-27 10:04:36 -0500
  • Ashley Sinthavong
    signed via 2016-04-27 09:51:07 -0500
  • David Quesenberry
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-27 09:48:20 -0500
    Sign the petition: Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912
  • David Quesenberry
    @QandElf tweeted link to this page. 2016-04-27 09:48:17 -0500
  • David Quesenberry
    signed 2016-04-27 09:47:54 -0500
  • Stephen Greene
    signed via 2016-04-27 09:38:49 -0500
  • Nilou Soltanian
    signed via 2016-04-27 09:26:52 -0500
  • Morgan Peters
    signed via 2016-04-27 09:13:49 -0500
  • Kenzie Welms
    signed via 2016-04-27 09:11:46 -0500

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