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Vermont Higher Ed. Community Issues Statement Supporting Inclusiveness

November 18, 2016


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury President Laurie Patton joined with other members of Vermont’s education community today in signing a joint statement supporting diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in Vermont. Notably, the statement was also signed by Governor Peter Shumlin and Governor-elect Phil Scott, who put aside political differences to endorse the statement. Shumlin is a Democrat, Scott a Republican.

Twenty-five of Vermont’s higher education leaders signed the statement in addition to the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) and the Vermont Business Roundtable.

Following is the full statement:

“Vermont has fought for centuries for freedom and unity, equity and openness. Vermont remains a beacon of hope and opportunity, community and shared humanity. Vermont was the first to commit to the abolition of slavery in our state constitution and a leader in the fight for marriage equality. We will continue to support all Vermonters and welcome people of all backgrounds to the Green Mountain state.

“We, the undersigned, condemn any acts of unlawful discrimination, violence, and intimidation that target differences in national origin, race, sex, gender, religion, disability, or political viewpoint across our nation. Such acts run counter to the rights and freedoms upon which our country was founded and to the core values of the state of Vermont.

“Vermont is committed to fostering welcoming communities and an equitable, diverse, and inclusive society.”

 

Governor Peter Shumlin

Governor-elect Phil Scott 

Lisa M. Ventriss, President
Vermont Business Roundtable 

T. Gregory Dewey, President
Albany College of Pharmacy 

Mariko Silver, President
Bennington College 

David Wolk, President
Castleton University 

Michelle Ollie, President
Center for Cartoon Studies

Don Laackman, President
Champlain College 

Lawrence Jensen, Interim President
College of Saint Joseph 

Joyce Judy, President
Community College of Vermont 

Robert Kenny, President
Goddard College

Robert Allen, President
Green Mountain College 

Elaine Collins, President
Johnson State College 

Peter Eden, President
Landmark College 

Nolan Atkins, Interim President
Lyndon State College 

Kevin Quigley, President
Marlboro College 

Laurie Patton, President
Middlebury College 

Richard Schneider, President
Norwich University 

Donald Steinberg, President
School for International Training Graduate Institute

David Rees Evans, President
Southern Vermont College 

Matthew Derr, President
Sterling College 

John Neuhauser, President
Saint Michael’s College 

Tom Sullivan, President
University of Vermont 

Roger H. Sublett, President
Union Institute and University 

Marc B. Mihaly, President and Dean
Vermont Law School

Thomas Greene, President
Vermont College of Fine Arts

Jeb Spaulding, Chancellor
Vermont State Colleges

Pat Moulton, Interim President
Vermont Technical College 

Scott Giles, President & CEO
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation