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A request had been made by Lexie Gruber, a young person from CT, who has asked that we consider calling Quinnipiac University to ask that the video, “QU Tonight: Orphans Weekend” be taken down and a formal apology issued by the University to students who do not have parents. That includes students who have transitioned through the foster care system, and those whose parents have passed away.
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Lexie described that the Quinnipiac, “Student Media decided to make a satire about students on campus without families, by following ‘Orphans’ around during Parents and Family Weekend.”
As you will note in the video, students without parents are depicted as emotionally immature – reaffirming many of the false and highly damaging stereotypes that are held against kids coming out of the DCF system. In addition to perpetuating stigma against students who experience mental health, cognitive, or substance use challenge.
Although the offensiveness may be unintended, Lexie describes that she, “was one of those ‘orphans’,” and there, “was nothing funny about my predicament, or the challenges faced by similar students.”
We agree with Lexie. The content of the video is offensive and does not contribute positively to the greater social dialogue.
One could even argue that the video violates the University Bias, Harassment and Discrimination Policy found on page 79 of the student handbook (http://www.quinnipiac.edu/prebuilt/pdf/studenthandbook1516/StudentHandbook_2015-2016_policiesprocedures.pdf).
What can you do to support Lexie and other students who find themselves on campus without parents?
1) Call Quinnipiac’s President Lahey at (203) 582-8700
2) Call Quinnipiac’s Provost Thompson (203) 582-8914
We will be joining Lexie to demand an apology to students without parents on our campus and asking that the video be removed.
We will be going one step further and asking for a review of the Freshman Orientation and/or First Year Experience Curriculum for topics related to discrimination, equality, mental health and substance use, positive school climate, and positive youth development.
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