VCFA President Tom Greene signs joint statements condemning recent acts of discrimination

VCFA President Tom Greene participated in two joint statements on Nov. 18 condemning acts of harassment faced by many Americans in the wake of last week’s U.S. election. 

Gov. SealGreene joined Gov. Peter Shumlin, Lt. Gov. and Governor-elect Phil Scott, and Vermont college and university presidents in signing a statement titled “In Support of Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness.” He also signed an open letter, along with 110 college and university presidents from around the country, asking President-Elect Donald Trump to condemn recent acts of hate. 

The Governor’s office issued the statement, which condemns “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.”

Read the full statement here

“The divisiveness and hatred we’ve seen in the aftermath of the most contentious election in history is beyond troubling. It was important to me that Vermont College of Fine Arts participate,” Greene said. 

The letter to President-elect Trump urged him to “condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation, sometimes in your name, which is now synonymous with our nation’s highest office.”

The national letter was published on the “Inside Higher Ed” website this morning.