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UMSI joins protest against regent's remarks

Monday, 03/29/2021

Over the weekend there were a number of responses by U-M leaders to comments made by Regent Weiser last week.

Regent Weiser's statements regarding three of Michigan's top elected leaders and two of Michigan's Congressional representatives do not reflect the values of the University, as President Schlissel has stated.

Further, these statements are not consistent with my values or the values of the School of Information.

In the link above you will see a letter to Regent Weiser from the six women deans at U-M -- signed in solidarity by all the other deans, including me. To quote from that letter, the deans said that Regent Weiser's words:

" damage and disrespect not only to women in leadership positions, whether elected or appointed, but also to young women who will lead in the future. We must speak out in protest when women are threatened with violence because of the decisions they have made. We believe that sexist name calling and threats of violence, especially from those in positions of power, simply are not acceptable. This is not a context-dependent question: they are not acceptable."

- Dean Thomas A. Finholt