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University reinstates diversity officer who signed anti-marriage equality petition

Monday, January 7, 2013

WASHINGTON — Gallaudet University has reinstated its chief diversity officer after a three-month paid suspension for signing a petition opposing Maryland’s same-sex marriage law.

Angela McCaskill
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The school’s president, T. Alan Hurwitz, announced the reinstatement of Angela McCaskill, associate provost of diversity and inclusion, in an email Monday to the University community.

In October 2012, the website PlanetDeafQueer reported that an unidentified Gallaudet faculty member filed a complaint with the university after discovering McCaskill had signed the petition that prompted the Nov. 6 referendum on the same-sex marriage law signed earlier in the year by Gov. Martin O’Malley.

A database of signatories that the Washington Blade published in July noted the signature of Angela Patrice McCaskill of Prince George’s County, Md.

Maryland voters upheld the law, and same-sex couples began marrying on January 1.

Hurwitz did not elaborate on the reasons for McCaskill’s reinstatement, and university officials declined further comment.

Gallaudet University, located in the District of Columbia, is a federally chartered university for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. Personal opinion should be protected, but those who hold administrative positions may not. How would the University respond if the CDO of a LGBT university spoke out against equal rights for the hearing impaired and deaf.

    Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5:15pm
  2. being LGB or T does not equate with a physical malady.

    Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5:20pm
  3. being LGBT is biological phenomenon villified by human society. It is as much about the body as needing a different language/tools to communicate. Grow up Terry.

    Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5:22pm
  4. FIRE her!

    Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5:28pm
  5. An executive or official who is responsible for an inferred anti-discrimination oversight should not be signing petitions of discrimination. It is contrary to her job duty and role with the academic institution. Her reinstatement should be contingent upon her showing an attitude and action of inclusion rather than discrimination.

    Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5:29pm
  6. She’s a diversity officer who doesn’t support diversity? She needs another career.

    Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5:29pm
  7. **Eyesrolls**

    Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5:30pm
  8. When I was looking to go to Gallaudet, this woman was nothing but kind to me, assisting me with navigating the campus and who to talk to about different thing, even though I was wearing a rainbow shirt that said “Yes I Am, and No, You Can’t Watch.” To me, it’s just like Christian JoPs who put their personal feelings aside and do their job. So what if she feels that way? If it doesn’t hinder her job, which there have been no reports of such, leave her alone about it.

    Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5:49pm
  9. Fire her!

    Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5:55pm
  10. They should never have suspended her. I wonder if she has a court case. That was shameful of Gally to do that.

    Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5:57pm
  11. Diversity Officer…. in what world??@?¿¿?

    Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 6:05pm
  12. WTF??

    Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 6:06pm
  13. Whatever her job title is, don’t we all have the right to freely express our opinions? Yes, we do. Is she perhaps ill suited to her position? Yes, I’d say so. But she is not doing anything wrong.

    Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 6:13pm
  14. Another example that bigotry knows no boundary.

    Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7:09pm