December 12, 2012
We, the coalition members of PSU-FASE (For All Student Equality), are seeking your support in attending a silent and peaceful march—a pilgrimage—on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at noon.
The SILENT Walk aspires to promote a socially-just, educationally-relevant campus climate. We have chosen to take up a pilgrimage in keeping with the approaches of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. We denounce all forms of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia and seek, like those before us, to draw attention to social inequality. We believe in the remarkable institution that Penn State is, and this is why we are assembling a pilgrimage that invites Penn State leadership, students, and faculty to join us in this peaceful endeavor.
DETAILS OF THE SILENT WALK: The participants will assemble at 12:00 PM at Pennypacker Hall in the East Residential Halls complex at the corner of Curtain Road.
Beginning at 12:25, we peacefully walk through the campus. From Pennypacker Hall, we will walk through the campus in a silent, single-line manner in keeping with the pilgrimage tradition.
Our walk will end at Old Main. We will then hold a brief press conference at approximately 1:15 outside of Old Main.
TODAY’S CONTEXT: December 12, 2012: The Daily Collegian: “Erickson [said] that the silent walk scheduled for Thursday is evidence of good discussions on campus.” President Erickson also stated: “We’re going to do our very best to make sure that students who continue to come to Penn State get the best possible education,” he said. “That’s what we’re all about.”
We believe our SILENT WALK is in keeping with the University’s stated commitment to diversity. We are guided by the principles of the University’s “A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State, 2010-2015,” which states that a “[campus] priority must be to provide the benefits of a diverse cohort to our student body, and also to ensure an institution in which our diversity values are realized at all levels of the University including students, faculty, staff, leadership, governing and advisory bodies, curriculum, and outreach endeavors so as to optimize opportunities for excellence’’ (p.3).
Contact information: Manuel Figueroa