HSU Prez Joins Others in Calling for Trump to ‘Condemn…Harrassment,’ etc

Information released from Humboldt State University:

Humboldt State University logoHumboldt State University President Lisa A. Rossbacher has joined 109 other university presidents across the country calling for President-elect Donald Trump to “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.”

See the full text of the letter, as well as a list of signees, below.

Dear President-elect Trump,

As do you, we “seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.” In order to maintain the trust required for such productive engagement, it is essential that we immediately reaffirm the core values of our democratic nation: human decency, equal rights, freedom of expression and freedom from discrimination. As college and university presidents, we commit ourselves to promoting these values on our campuses and in our communities, and we stand alongside the business, nonprofit, religious and civic leaders who are doing the same in organizations large and small.

In light of your pledge to be “President for all Americans,” we urge you 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. In our schools, on job sites and college campuses, on public streets and in coffee shops, members of our communities, our children, our families, our neighbors, our students and our employees are facing very real threats, and are frightened.

One of the roles of leaders is to protect and empower the most vulnerable. As president-elect, this responsibility rests heavily on you. Let this be a mark of your leadership.

Raymond E. Crossman, Adler University
Mauri Ditzler, Albion College
Mark Zupan, Alfred University
Jeff Abernathy, Alma College
Biddy Martin, Amherst College
William R. Groves, Antioch University
John M. Sullivan, Art Academy of Cincinnati
Paul C. Pribbenow, Augsburg College
Steven Bahls, Augustana College
Marjorie Hass, Austin College
Leon Botstein, Bard College
Mac Powell, Bastyr University
Scott Bierman, Beloit College
Mariko Silver, Bennington College
David C. Joyce, Brevard College
Kimberly Wright Cassidy, Bryn Mawr College
Nancy Blattner, Caldwell University
Donald J. Laackman, Champlain College
Frank G. Pogue, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (interim president)
David McInally, Coe College
Brian W. Casey, Colgate University
Helen J. Streubert, College of Saint Elizabeth
Reverend Philip L. Boroughs, College of the Holy Cross
Jonathan Brand, Cornell College
Jann Weitzel, Cottey College
Carol Quillen, Davidson College
Mark McCoy, DePauw University
Walter M. Kimbrough, Dillard University
MaryAnn Baenninger, Drew University
Donald Eastman, Eckerd College
Carl J. Strikwerda, Elizabethtown College
Jake B. Schrum, Emory & Henry College
James A. Anderson, Fayetteville State University
J. Michael Pressimone, Fontbonne University
Daniel Porterfield, Franklin & Marshall College
Elizabeth Davis, Furman University
Janet Morgan Riggs, Gettysburg College
Robert Kenny, Goddard College
Mark Scheinberg, Goodwin College
Jose Antonio Bowen, Goucher College
Raynard S. Kington, Grinnell College
Jane K. Fernandes, Guilford College
Rebecca M. Bergman, Gustavus Adolphus College
John J. “Ski” Sygielski, HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
Margaret L. Drugovich, Hartwick College
Kimberly Benston, Haverford College
Lori Varlotta, Hiram College
Mark D. Gearan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Andrea Chapdelaine, Hood College
Shirley A. Mullen, Houghton College
Lisa A. Rossbacher, Humboldt State University
Alison Byerly, Lafayette College
Dan McAlexander, LaGrange College
Michael B. Alexander, Lasell College
Mark Burstein, Lawrence University
Barry Glassner, Lewis & Clark College
Richard Green, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Reverend Brian F. Linnane, Loyola University Maryland
Kenneth R. Garren, Lynchburg College
Brian Rosenberg, Macalester College
Stuart Kestenbaum, Maine College of Art
James Gandre, Manhattan School of Music
Kevin F. F. Quigley, Marlboro College
Kerry Walk, Marymount Manhattan College
Laurie Patton, Middlebury College
Bryon Grigsby, Moravian College
John Silvanus Wilson Jr., Morehouse College
David Wilson, Morgan State University
Stanley J. Pritchett Sr., Morris Brown College
Sonya Stephens, Mount Holyoke College (acting president)
Timothy E. Trainor, Mount St. Mary’s University
John I. Williams Jr., Muhlenberg College
Kent Devereaux, New Hampshire Institute of Art
Richard Helldobler, Northeastern Illinois University (interim president)
Lawrence Schall, Oglethorpe University
David W. Oxtoby, Pomona College
Debbie Sydow, Richard Bland College
Allan Cahoon, Royal Roads University
Rachel Schreiber, San Francisco Art Institute (interim president)
Karen R. Lawrence, Sarah Lawrence College
Tracy Fitzsimmons, Shenandoah University
Susan E. Henking, Shimer College
Peg Albert, Siena Heights University
Joe Bertolino, Southern Connecticut State University
David Rees Evans, Southern Vermont College
Edward B. Burger, Southwestern University
John A. Pieper, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Kevin J. Manning, Stevenson University
Valerie Smith, Swarthmore College
Susan C. Scrimshaw, the Sage Colleges
John M. McCardell Jr., the University of the South
Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Trinity College (Connecticut)
Stephen C. Ainlay, Union College (New York)
Thomas W. Keefe, University of Dallas
Quint Thurman, University of the Southwest
Jonathan Chenette, Vassar College (interim president)
Thomas Christopher Greene, Vermont College of Fine Arts
Scott D. Miller, Virginia Wesleyan College
Weymouth Spence, Washington Adventist University
Joseph Kline, Watkins College
Jonathan Gibralter, Wells College
Michael S. Roth, Wesleyan University
Dennis Hanno, Wheaton College (Massachusetts)
David J. Chard, Wheelock College
Sharon Herzberger, Whittier College
Stephen E. Thorsett, Willamette University
Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, William Jewell College
Adam Falk, Williams College
Barbara K. Mistick, Wilson College



  • [Please no name calling]

  • Never ever let hate win!

  • Looked like alot of hate in Greece, maybe we need our current president to step up to the plate , instead of hiding in the corner giggling.

  • Where were Rossbacher and company when Jackboot Janet Napolitano (former head of Hopeless Insecurity/current CSU President) and Barack H. Obama were merrily trashing the rights supposedly accorded US Citizens under the US Constitution?


    • And people who are supporting trump were telling me I was ignorant for thinking trump voters were hateful. And I was so angry at them being so blissfully ignorant about it I started hating them. (Still kinda do) I guess it’s two wrongs don’t make a right but it’s the only way you can get across to some folks.

  • Why wasn’t he eager to call on Obama to cease his hate for any group with a dissenting view by sicking the IRS on them? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

  • What’s everybody freaking out about Trump being elected for, crying rooms on college campuses and all that. Here we’ve had an answer to all of this rampant globalism, and the corporate globalist elite with their agenda to turns us all out into the global plantation, straight handed to us, and now we’re all expected to cry on command. Unification? Prevention of acts of violence? We’ll get all that. All we’ve seen over the past several years has been rather the opposite: riots all over the country by a bunch of people who’ve been pimped up to it by Soros, entire cities turned into ramshackle ghost towns, the whole bit. We’ve had enough.

    • John and Life is Good, Why would you support this racism that’s outcropped because of this “polarized election” we went through.


  • “And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it — if it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: ‘Stop it.'” … Donald Trump on 60 minutes.

    “So I would not advise people who feel strongly or are concerned about some of the issues that have been raised during the course of the campaign, I wouldn’t advise them to be silent,” … Barack Obama at a new conference Thursday


    • I am noticing that the left is sorta absent from the comments on the blogs in this county right now. The silent majority is slammin’ it. I enjoyed the controversy, but it seems to have disappeared. C’mon snowflakes, get back in the game. Maybe they are in the hospital as the result of playing on the freeway? Where are you guys?

      • Internet trolls love Donald Trump because Donald Trump is an internet troll.


        But seriously, with Flynn, Gaffney, Bannon, Sessions and Kobach all up in Trump’s transition team or proposed cabinet, how does anyone not see that Trump is bringing in an all-star crew of Islamophobes, anti-Semites, and straight up racists? Sessions couldn’t even get a job as a judge, he’s so fucking racist. Is the propaganda that effective, that this isn’t obvious?

        So the left is out there. We’re just stunned that what’s happened isn’t really obvious. Do yourself a favor and read up on what Flynn, Gaffney, Bannon, Sessions, and Kobach have spent *their* lives doing, and ask yourself if that’s why *you* want.

        • Maybe the majority of the country is racist and they want to keep it that way, it seems they voted that way and are happy with team trump , not much else to say, suck it up or scram

          • Wow are You F’ing kidding me? I have black and brown friends that are amazing people. Suck it up or scram? Wow I would like to meet up with you in person and see how tuff you really are. Tell me when and where you racist fuck! I’ll give you the whippin you mama should have gave you. (Sry Kym but that just hits a soft spot for me) and if he didn’t get censored for the blatant racism And I do I will have to believe this is a pro racist blog So please don’t.

            • He dummy, where did I once mentioned I agree with the majority or trump, just saying what I see , that is how I interpret the whole situation looking from the outside, I voted for neither, too many lies .So chill out tuff guy, and as far as fighting because you are or are not racist is a big part of the problem. Calling me a racist makes you part of this nations problem , think before you type.

          • Absolute lie.

            Lone Ranger, I believe you are trolling with your comments.

  • Well then I guess it’s a good thing not just one person makes the decision’s!!it’s a group effort.it wouldn’t be a bad thing if our world changed for the good,right??we have alot to get straight.and trump never caused any of this shit,he just stepped in it!!!!!

    • Take a pill pal!!you have no idea who you talk shit to.and what gives you the right to talk to people the way you do.and I’m an American and have the right to vote for who I want.i didn’t talk shit to you so unless you do know me BEHAVE YOURSELF you rude jerk TRUMP SUCKS MAYBE YOU DO

  • The SF teachers have formed an anti-president elect curriculum, indoctrinating the kids into believing what the teachers want them to believe.
    The Universities do this for extra funding, which then gets spent on propaganda instead of on lowering tuition.
    There’s no excuse for what the grammar & middle schools are doing as shown in the link above. We’re used to University admins screwing over the students. (Wage & benefit increases instead of tuition decreases, extra teachers hired for extra propaganda classes instead of hiring the best teachers for the educational classes like nursing, etc)

  • Rosemarie von Boomhower

    The way I see it is all they have to do is bring back all the jobs from overseas. Not everyone has a high school education, or if they do, there’s no more jobs here for them. They also need to clean up politics. I have only voted for two people in my life of 77 years, and that was Kennedy and Ralph Nader. They couldn’t be bought. One was elected and assassinated and the other one wasn’t as wealthy and wasn’t elected. So, the way I see it they can all go to Hell in a hand basket as far as I care. Just don’t mess with my family and then I won’t hurt you. And trust me I will hurt you.

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