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In solidarity

Sean Cotter, Elie Elian, Jason G'Sell, Tom Lienhoop | Tuesday, May 1, 2012

While this letter was composed by nine students who happen to be members of the Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students, we do not speak on behalf of the council itself, the faculty and administrators involved, or the other student leaders on the council. These are our personal opinions.
We, as student leaders, would like to take this opportunity to share with the campus community our opinions regarding the University’s recent decision to not add sexual orientation to the official non-discrimination clause and to weigh in on the impending decision concerning the club status of AllianceND.
While we remain committed to serving on the Core Council because of the opportunity it provides to engage in dialogue with the administration regarding our concerns for the GLBTQ community, we want to emphasize that the Core Council alone is not sufficient to effectively change the atmosphere on Our Lady’s campus toward GBLTQ individuals, nor is it capable of adequately serving the thousands of students, faculty and staff who are concerned with GLBTQ rights and inclusion.
Those of us returning for the 2012 -2013 school year will continue to use our roles on the council to improve the climate on this campus for GLBTQ students. We want, however, to express our full support of the recognition of AllianceND for the coming school year and the inclusion of sexual orientation in the University’s non-discrimination clause.
It needs to get better on this campus. We believe that these changes are long overdue and have the potential to improve the atmosphere on this campus drastically for both GLBTQ and Ally members of the Notre Dame community. We want every student, staff and faculty member frustrated by the current climate to know that we stand with you in this struggle, and that we, as individuals, support you.
In solidarity,

Sean Cotter
Zahm Hall

Elie Elian
O’Neill Hall

Jason G’Sell
Duncan Hall

Tom Lienhoop
Dillon Hall

Mia Lillis
Cavanaugh Hall

Lauren Morisseau
Breen-Phillips Hall

Maggie Waickman
Pasquerilla East Hall

Brenna Williams
off campus

Kristy Frilling
off campus

April 30