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

Erin Bernstein
Amelia Caron
Jennifer Wheeler
Adam LaClair
Tina Lee
Lindsay Opiyo
Christine Bailey
Jenine Omari
Molly Vermillion
Kristen Broehl
Elizabeth Stanfield
Brad Knott
Erika Panek
Hannah Skoonberg
Robert Schell
Emmi Felker-Quinn
Devin Finch
Madeline Salton
Jennifer Baldwin
Samantha Johnson
2,500 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Erin Bernstein
    signed via 2016-04-27 05:57:53 -0500
  • Rachel Saulsburry
    signed via 2016-04-27 05:57:35 -0500
  • Tonya Moreno
    signed via 2016-04-27 05:57:30 -0500
    Alum class of 1995
  • Amelia Caron
    signed via 2016-04-27 04:54:52 -0500
  • Harold Gregory
    signed 2016-04-27 03:28:13 -0500
  • Jennifer Wheeler
    signed via 2016-04-27 03:18:14 -0500
  • Adam LaClair
    signed via 2016-04-27 02:54:12 -0500
  • Tina Lee
    signed via 2016-04-27 02:47:19 -0500
  • Lindsay Opiyo
    signed via 2016-04-27 01:27:48 -0500
  • Christine Bailey
    signed 2016-04-27 01:09:16 -0500
  • Jenine Omari
    signed via 2016-04-27 00:41:04 -0500
    This is disgusting of Tennessee representatives.
  • Patrick Sonnenberg
    signed 2016-04-27 00:33:43 -0500
  • Molly Vermillion
    signed 2016-04-27 00:29:40 -0500
  • Kristen Broehl
    signed via 2016-04-27 00:28:24 -0500
    As a UTK alumna, I am appalled by this bill.
  • jake peshelut
    @jackthebold tweeted link to this page. 2016-04-27 00:25:46 -0500
  • Elizabeth Stanfield
    signed via 2016-04-27 00:23:55 -0500
    #UTDiversityMatters Students don’t want this bill to become law! Faculty don’t want this bill to become law! Campus is united in solidarity against this bill, because it would cause incredible harm to so many of us.
  • Brad Knott
    signed via 2016-04-27 00:18:33 -0500
    I love your state and I hope you think SB1912 is not a good idea.
  • Erika Panek
    signed 2016-04-27 00:14:15 -0500
  • Johanna Winters
    signed via 2016-04-26 23:47:38 -0500
  • Hannah Skoonberg
    signed via 2016-04-26 23:16:44 -0500
    UT needs diversity funding
  • Robert Schell
    signed via 2016-04-26 23:16:23 -0500
    Please veto this bill governor. As a student at the university of Tennessee it hurts to see such discrimination against minorities that will fall victim to this bill. I understand that it is a lose lose situation for you and I wish that it was not that way. Our society today in this area of the US dictates that you should pass it to be re elected. I just ask that you think about the people that you will be taking opportunities from if you do not veto this bill. Everyone deserves these opportunities. Not just people in engineering or other majors that will create more revenue for this institution. We should be about education not money. This is coming from a chemical engineering student. I wish you all the best in your decision.
  • Terry Morgan
    signed 2016-04-26 23:14:25 -0500
  • Emmi Felker-Quinn
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-26 23:04:39 -0500
    Sign the petition: Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912
  • Emmi Felker-Quinn
    signed via 2016-04-26 23:03:46 -0500
    I am a University of Tennessee alumna, and I support state funding for the UT Diversity Office and for Sex Week as well.
  • Devin Finch
    signed via 2016-04-26 23:03:35 -0500
  • Madeline Salton
    signed via 2016-04-26 22:38:22 -0500
  • Jennifer Baldwin
    signed via 2016-04-26 22:34:41 -0500
    As a UTK alumna (class of 2013) it is disgraceful to see the TN legislature stooping so low. Defunding the office of diversity will only harm the University. The office of diversity works to ensure that UTK is welcoming to ALL students, something UTK needs considering some of the negative racial incidents that have taken place on campus in the past few years. You want to make UTK a top 25 institution? Then the legislature needs to stop defunding vital parts of the university!
  • Johnathan Blevins
    signed via 2016-04-26 22:25:38 -0500
    Johnathan Blevins
  • Katelyn Hodge
    signed via 2016-04-26 22:25:33 -0500
  • Samantha Johnson
    signed 2016-04-26 22:22:27 -0500

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