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To: University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke

No Devos

Rescind the invitation for the United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as the commencement speaker at the Fall 2017 University of Baltimore Graduation Ceremony.

Why is this important?

United States Education Secretary Betsy Devos has been invited by the University of Baltimore President, Kurt Schmoke to give the fall commencement address at the University of Baltimore, on December 18, 2017. President Schmoke decided to move forward with the invitation for Betsy Devos despite the Student Government Association’s proposed resolution to revoke Ms. Devos’s invitation to speak at commencement in response to a drafted a petition in opposition to DeVos, that received over 3,000 signatures.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos is a representative of the Trump administration that has routinely proposed discriminatory policies that negatively impact Black and Brown Communities. Ms. Devo’s policies perpetuate Trump's destructive cycle of alienating communities of color by deconstructing the public education system of which many University of Baltimore Students are a product. Her remarks about school choice ‘ have been found to be racially insensitive and tone deaf to the needs of the public school systems and the communities it serves.

In addition, Secretary of Education Devos’s reversal of Obama Administration policy on campus sexual assault under the Title IX is in direct opposition to the University of Baltimore’s stance on gender equity and supporting a safe campus environment. The teachers union has also called on the University to rescind the invitation for Secretary Devos to speak. It is clear that this invitation from President Schmoke runs counter to the wishes of the university community as well as the greater community of Baltimore.

Please Join the student body of the University of Baltimore, and sign the petition to President Schmoke telling him to listen to students and rescind Secretary Devos’s invitation to speak at the University of Baltimore Fall 2018 commencement.



2017-10-13 22:36:35 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2017-10-13 11:19:02 -0700

500 signatures reached

2017-10-12 10:13:22 -0700

100 signatures reached

2017-10-12 09:09:24 -0700

50 signatures reached

2017-10-12 08:57:43 -0700

25 signatures reached

2017-10-12 08:53:58 -0700

10 signatures reached