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McFadden signs letter seeking stronger language in Indiana hate crimes bill

Dave McFadden 2018Manchester University President Dave McFadden joined 15 other leaders from Indiana colleges and universities in signing a letter that seeks stronger language in Indiana hate crimes legislation.

A current bill was stripped of language that would enhance penalties against those who harm others based on their disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Passing SB 12 as it stands today — without explicitly listing specific classes — will bring more harm to our state and further perpetuate the negative perception of Indiana,” the letter reads. “It will push out more of our students and detract more talent from coming in.”

  • Read the full letter.

    The leaders of Butler University, DePauw University, Earlham College, Franklin College, Goshen College, Hanover College, Indiana Tech, Manchester University, Marian University, Martin University, Rose-Hulman, Saint Mary’s College, Trine University, University of Indianapolis, University of Notre Dame and Wabash College also signed the letter.

    “For too long, Indiana has suffered the negative perception as one of the five states in the nation without a hate crimes law,” the letter said. “The world doubts that we care about our family, friends, and neighbors or that we are unwelcoming of others. And there are many in our community – including many of the students, faculty and staff we represent – who feel that Indiana is a place they don’t belong.”

    In August 2018, McFadden co-signed a letter along with the presidents of 23 other Indiana private colleges and universities calling on the Indiana General Assembly to enact a hate crimes law.
    Indiana is one of five states without such a law.

    Manchester University Mission Statement: Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.

    One of its six core values is diversity.

About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 70 areas of academic study to more than 1,400 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu . 

March 2019