Ivanka Trump to join WSU Tech graduation ceremony

06 Juin, 2020, 20:39 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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Ivanka Trump has hit out at "cancel culture and viewpoint discrimination" after plans for her to give a virtual commencement speech to students in Kansas were canceled amid criticism of Donald Trump's response to anti-police brutality protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

WSU Tech Thursday night issued a statement announcing that Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump will no longer be a featured speaker at the college's June 6 virtual graduation.

While noting Wichita State does not have administrative control over WSU Tech, Ray said having the president's daughter and senior adviser speak would taint both institutions.

"Our nation's campuses should be bastions of free speech", she wrote. "To our students of color, and to me, inviting Ivanka Trump to speak right now sends the message that WSU Tech does not take diversity seriously".

After WSU Tech originally announced Ivanka Trump's speech on Thursday morning, an open letter criticizing the decision began circulating among WSU students, staff and faculty, and alumni.

The announcement of her speech drew immediate criticism, led by Jennifer Ray, an associate professor of photo media at Wichita State, who sent a letter asking school administrators to cancel it.

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"In light of the social justice issues brought forth by George Floyd's death, I understand and take responsibility that the timing of the announcement was insensitive", she said.

"We are excited to host a truly unique commencement ceremony during this unprecedented time for our students to celebrate with family and friends their accomplishments" said WSU Tech President Sheree Utash said in a release.

Ivanka Trump visited WSU Tech's National Center for Aviation Training last fall.

"We owe it to our students to stand up for the right thing when and where we can", Ray wrote.

The graduation will be held at 3 p.m.to honor the 2020 graduates.

WSU Tech President Sheree Utash serves on the American Workforce Policy Advisory board, which Trump also serves on.

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