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Alumni solidarity

Aislinn Doyle | Sunday, March 4, 2012

In the ten years since I have been a part of the Notre Dame family, I have been outraged and embarrassed by the lack of inclusion of the GLBTQ community. As a student, I had many ways to productively voice that discontent, but as an alumna I have found it challenging to find a forum to be an ally. Still, I cannot just watch from the sidelines and hope things change. Alumni, we need to help make it better because it is our moral obligation to do so.

To show my solidarity with GLBTQ students, staff and faculty, I will not donate to the University until a GSA is recognized and until sexual-orientation is included in the non-discrimination clause. I will simply write “It needs to get better” on the mailings I receive and send them back. I know my refusal to donate will make little impact by itself. My hope is that others might do the same and as a whole we can have a voice and support those on campus working towards these goals. I hope other alumni out there will join me.

Aislinn Doyle

Class of ‘06

Burlington, Vt.

March 4