Mordean Taylor-Archer, vice provost for diversity and international affairs, sent an email to the campus community on Wednesday encouraging students to “join the fight against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, ethnocentrism…” Taylor-Archer is responsible for “responding to the educational needs and providing relevant services to students of color, especially African American and Hispanic/Latino students,” according to her bio on the school’s website.
Without explicitly naming Trump, she wrote that students should oppose “the proposed policy that would define gender at birth, acts that separate immigrant children from their parents and the deployment of the military to stop immigrants who traveled thousands of miles to seek freedom and opportunities from entering this country.”
Several students filed complaints with the public university, citing the politically charged nature of the message.
“[T]he email spoke and called for students to stand up against current policies and stances of President Donald Trump. Said statement, from an official UofL account and from a Vice Provost, is grossly inappropriate given we are a week before midterm elections,” student Aaron Spalding told The College Fix. “I feel personally insulted that such an implication has been made and that it has been loosely affiliated to the aforementioned grotesque acts of violence.”
Following the apology, Spalding reportedly withdrew his complaint.