A Note Regarding the News Item Related to Turning Point USA

A message from Chief Diversity Officer Damita Davis.

This morning, you may have noticed an item in the Daily Eagle e-newsletter that was seeking a club advisor for a potential new student organization. It’s part of an effort to form a SUNY Brockport chapter of the national organization called Turning Point USA.

Turning Point USA’s stated objective is political. The group says its mission is to educate students about the importance of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government. We are aware that the national group has also drawn attention for the hate speech that some of its members have engaged in.

SUNY Brockport stands firmly against such hate. It is in polar opposition of our values. SUNY Brockport is also a public institution and is legally required to uphold the First Amendment rights afforded to all United States citizens.

This group, like all other proposed student groups, has been asked to follow the established policies and procedures Brockport Student Government requires to gain official recognition as a student club or organization. This includes seeking a faculty or staff advisor, which some over the years have opted to pursue through a post in the Daily Eagle.

Our hope is that those affiliated with this organization on our campus will continue to remain true to our campus commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Should they, or anyone else on our campus, engage in speech or expression that is contrary to those values, SUNY Brockport leadership plans to avail ourselves of our own First Amendment rights and will denounce it.

Please remember that our students are our most precious responsibility. It is our professional obligation to support the growth and development of our students from the time they matriculate to the time they leave the institution – regardless of whether we agree or disagree with their beliefs. The students involved in forming this organization must be treated with respect.

Thank you for your continued efforts to Build a Better Brockport and best wishes for a successful conclusion to the fall semester.

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