Harvard shamefully reopens campus to ROTC while throwing transgender students under the bus

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This is terribly shameful.  Once DADT has been repealed, Harvard University will reopen its campus to ROTC.  

I look forward to pursuing discussions with military officials and others to achieve Harvard’s full and formal recognition of ROTC. I am very pleased that more students will now have the opportunity to serve their country. I am grateful to the Massachusetts delegation for their unified support for repeal.

– Harvard President Drew Faust

ROTC was banished from Harvard in the first place because the military was in violation of the university’s non-discrimination policy.  But guess what?  Even with repeal of DADT the US military still continues to discriminate against transgender people, a clear violation of Harvard’s policy:

Any form of discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability unrelated to course requirements is contrary to the principles and policies of Harvard University.

Can it be possible that the president of Harvard University doesn’t know that repeal of DADT doesn’t make open service for transgender soldiers possible because the military considers transgender people to have a disqualifying mental disorder (unlike the militaries of major allies)?  Or does she know all too well and hopes nobody will notice Harvard’s violation of its own non-discrimination policy, what with all that juicy federal funding hinging on the decision?

If you’d like to contact Harvard University President Drew Faust and ask:

Tel: (617) 495-1502

Fax: (617) 495-8550


Crossposted at Pam’s House Blend.

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10 Comments . Leave a comment below.
  1. $quot;Or does he know all too well$quot;

    Just FYI, President Faust is a woman.

  2. To be honest...

    ...even with DADT in place I'd be more than fine with ROTC at Harvard.  I'm uncomfortable with an institution telling the United States Military to keep out.  They are a special opportunity rather than a private organization.

    • They haven't been a special opportunity to openly gay people

      and they still aren't to out transgender people.

    • What if they excluded African-Americans?

      Would you still be fine with it?

      • Back when it was an issue or now?

        I'm always a little leery of assuming what views I would hold in a historical period.  We should also be clear about what we mean by "fine with it"  I would not be fine with the policy of racial exclusion just like I'm not fine with the policy of LGBT exclusion.  I might be fine with ROTC, however, despite my objection to this particular policy.  There's a bigger picture which I confess I have trouble putting into words, but I just think the military should be able to recruit without outsiders passing judgement against duly enacted law.

  3. Just to be clear

    If the UCMJ was to allow for transgenders to serve openly, you would then have no problem with ROTC's presence on Harvard's campus?

  4. DYK that an anagram of the Harvard symbol - VAST IRE - ? Always seemed appropriate to me.

  5. ENDAblog reposted on KnowThyNeighbor.org


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