Nicholas Community Responds to HB2

April 26, 2016

5/9/16 - Nicholas Community Sends Statement to NC Legislature

We, the undersigned members of the Nicholas School of the Environment community declare our strong opposition to North Carolina House Bill 2 (HB2).

We value every member of our community and are committed to creating an educational environment at the Nicholas School that affirms all students, staff, and faculty and that affirms the lived experiences and human rights of LGBTQ persons. We believe that everyone should live, work, and go to school in a state that does not tolerate discrimination.

We oppose HB2 because it excludes members of the LGBTQ community from legal protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and because it prohibits local governments from enacting nondiscrimination ordinances. Not only does HB2 allow discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but it also takes away existing rights to sue in state court for discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, and age. North Carolina courts should have the authority to enforce the nondiscrimination laws of our state, and individuals who have been harmed by illegal discrimination should have access to our courts to vindicate their rights. 

We likewise believe that transgender persons attending public schools or visiting public agencies should be free to choose restrooms consistent with their gender identity, a choice that HB2 makes unlawful. Local schools, universities, and agencies have been developing thoughtful solutions to these issues and should not be held back in these constructive efforts.

The bias underlying HB2 is hurtful for LGBTQ persons and their families. HB2 also makes North Carolina less inclusive, welcoming, and diverse. Governor McCrory’s Executive Order purports to address criticisms of the law by business and community leaders, but in fact falls far short of correcting HB2’s many harms.

We therefore call on the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor McCrory to repeal House Bill 2 in its entirety. 

Kathryn Abendroth
Leslie Acton
Caitlin Adams
Ben Allen
Steve Anderson
Saurabh Aneja
Shuvya Arakali
Esteban Arenas
Elizabeth Arnason
Isabel Avery
Saima Baig
Madison Barnes
Gaby Benitez
Raven Bier
Clara Bird
Joanna Blaszczak
Michelle Brodeur
Alexander Brooks
Dominick C.R. Brugnolotti
John H. Burrows
Julia Burrows
Amanda Bushell
Diego Calderon-Arrieta
Henry Camp
Scottee Cantrell
Lauren N. Carley
Lee Carter
Tara R. Catron
Emily Cedzo
Catherine Chamberlin
Melissa Chernick
Sara Childs
Sarah Choyke
Maximilian Peter Christman
William R Cioffi.
Chelsea Clifford
Jennifer Cole
Samuel Corwin
Spenser Côté
Maya Cough-Schulze
Bryce S Cracknell
Breanna Crowell
Marta Darby
Laura Marie Davis
Drew Day
Lauren de Carbonnel
Sarah DeLand
Michael DeNoia
Zoie Diana
Haydee Maria Dominguez Tejo
E. Doran

Katheryne Doughty
Bradford Dubik
Amanda Duggan
Meagan Dunphy-Daly
Melissa S. Duvall
Joseph Fader
Marianne Ferguson
Cari Ficken
Jennifer Finley-Lezcano
Heather J Foley
Brenna Forester
Megan Fork
Vivienne Foroughirad
Ei Fujioka
Nicholas Garafola
Alejandro Garcia Lozano
Kelly Garvy
Andrew George
Amanda Gibson
Hannah Girardeau
Maureen Goretti
Dave Grace
Megan E. Green
Mike Gulley
David Haas
Caitlin Hamer
Andrew Hamilton
Nina Hamilton
Corrie Hannah
Jennifer Harkness
Jordan Hart
Kayla Hartigan
Janesha Hassaram
Heather Heenehan
mauricio hernandez
Rosemary Hinson
Patricia Hooper
Barbra Howard
Ryan Huang
Dana E Hunt
Morgan Irons
Andrew Jacobson
Rashmi Joglekar
Sarah Bess Jones
Kendra E Kaiser
Chandler Keenan
Nancy Kelly
Allison Killius
Alexander Klonick
Meagan Knowlton
Theodore Koboski
 

Sally Koerner
Dr. Erin M. Kollitz, PhD
Jordan Kozal
Samantha Kuzma
Erin LaBrecque
Emily Lamb
Alyse Larkin-Swartout
Rebecca Lauzon
Joseph Lemeris Jr
Jennifer Rose Lenart
Eliza Letourneau
Kirsten Lew
Julia Lewis
Chao Li
Casey Lindberg
Laura Lipps
Rachel Lo Piccolo
Kathryn Loftus
Sarah Loftus
Caroline Lowe Schwaner
Benjamin Lozier
Jade Lu
Cheuk Man Yung
Stephanie Martinek
John McDevitt Mallard
Devon McGhee
Kelly Meehan
Amelia Meier
Ramsey Meigs
Tiffany Messer
Cindy Metzger
janil miller
Shirley Miller
Stephen R Mitchell, PhD
Joseph Morton
Caroline Murphy
Kristin Murphy
Grant Murray
Shaina Nanavati
Randy L. Neighbarger
Sherri Nevius
Patricia Nolin
Douglas Nowacek
Charlotte Nunez-Wolff
James D. Oliver
Suzanne Ou
Justin Pearce
Emily Pechar
Andrew A. Pericak
Sarah A. Phillips
Haseena Punjani
Daniel Raimi
Katherine Ratliff
 

Andrew J. Read
Aspen Reese
Kathleen Reinsel
Helena Rhim
Sarah Roberts
Jeanne Ryan
Ian Ryde
Peter M Satin
Danica Schaffer-Smith
Rebecca Schoonover
Liz Schrack
Kameron Schroeder
Amanda Schwantes
Andrew Seelaus
Erin Seybold
Bijan Seyednasrollah
Elizabeth Shapiro
Hannah Shapiro
Megumi Shimizu
Hillary Smith
Rebecca S Smith
Sue Smith
Joy Stanistreet
Kendall Starkman
Caitlin Starks
Myron Stevenson
Alexandra Elizabeth Sutton
Varun Swamy
Paige Swofford
Seth Sykora-Bodie
Mary Tchamkina
Olivia Tempest
Sofia Tenorio Fenton
Eileen Thorsos
Jocelyn Tsai
Melissa Tso
Phillip J Turner
Cindy Van Dover
Alicia Vasto
Jeffrey Vincent
Michelangelo von Dassow
Yasmin von Dassow
Ciara Voy
Nathan Walker
Vanessa Waller
Danielle Waples
Katherine Warnell
Tanner Waters
Jesse Way
Mikia Weidenbach
James M. Welch
Melissa Whaling
Benjamin Wheeler
Dr. Maria Wise, adjunct assistant professor
Jillian Wisse
Deborah Wojcik
Kathryn (Katie) Wood
Laura Wood
Cakey Worthington
Chen-Yi Wu
Lynn Xia
Ben Young
Stacy Zhang
Mei Zhu

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4/27/16 - Nicholas Faculty Sends Statement to NC legislature

“We, the undersigned members of the faculty of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, declare our strong opposition to North Carolina House Bill 2 (HB2).

“We value every member of our community and are committed to creating an educational environment at the Nicholas School that affirms all students, staff, and faculty and that affirms the lived experiences and human rights of LGBTQ persons.  We believe that everyone should live, work, and go to school in a state that does not tolerate discrimination.

“We oppose HB2 because it excludes members of the LGBTQ community from legal protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and because it prohibits local governments from enacting nondiscrimination ordinances. Not only does HB2 allow discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but it also takes away existing rights to sue in state court for discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, and age.  North Carolina courts should have the authority to enforce the nondiscrimination laws of our state, and individuals who have been harmed by illegal discrimination should have access to our courts to vindicate their rights.

“We likewise believe that transgender persons attending public schools or visiting public agencies should be free to choose restrooms consistent with their gender identity, a choice that HB2 makes unlawful. Local schools, universities, and agencies have been developing thoughtful solutions to these issues and should not be held back in these constructive efforts.

“The bias underlying HB2 is hurtful for LGBTQ persons and their families. HB2 also makes North Carolina less inclusive, welcoming, and diverse. Governor McCrory’s Executive Order purports to address criticisms of the law by business and community leaders, but in fact falls far short of correcting HB2’s many harms.

“We therefore call on the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor McCrory to repeal House Bill 2 in its entirety.”

Jim Hench 
Paul A. Baker 
Marco Marani 
Brian Murray 
Randall Kramer 
Gabriel Katul 
Norman L. Christensen 
John Fay 
Jim Clark 
Ram Oren 
Lynn A. Maguire 
Alan E. Gelfand 
Richard T. Barber 
Stuart Pimm 
Xavier Basurto 
Delbert R. Wigfall, MD 
 

Emily M. Klein 
Daniel C. Dunn 
Steven Anderson 
Deborah Rigling Gallagher 
Zackary Johnson 
Dalia Patino-Echeverri 
Mark R. Wiesner 
Jeffrey R. Vincent 
Emily Bernhardt 
Robert G. Healy 
Rebecca Vidra 
John Poulsen 
Lisa Campbell 
David W. Johnston 
Elizabeth A. Albright 
William K. Pan 

Erika Weinthal 
Dean L Urban 
Heather Stapleton 
Elizabeth Shapiro 
Megan Mullin 
Susan Lozier 
Richard F. Kay 
James B. Heffernan 
William Kirby-Smith 
Alexander Glass 
Joel Meyer 
Avner Vengosh 
Chantal Reid 
Jonathan B. Wiener 
Andrew J. Read 
Martin Smith 

Daniel Rittschof 
Gary Dwyer 
Duncan Heron 
Sari Palmroth 
Drew Shindell 
Jesko von Windheim 
Norman Wirzba 
Thomas F. Schultz 
Brian McGlynn 
Orrin Pilkey 
John Vandenberg 
Nicolas Cassar 
Charlotte Clark 
Jennifer Swenson 
Richard T. Di Giulio

 

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3/25/16 - Dean Alan Townsend Sends Note to Nicholas School Community

Dear Nicholas School Community:

Like many of you I suspect, I was appalled by the recent actions of the North Carolina governor and legislature in the passage of HB2.  This bill is an assault on the rights of the LGBT community, and as such is in direct opposition to the ideals of our School, and frankly represents actions that have no place in a truly civilized society.  As I have written before, actions that maintain or further bias, hate and division are not only reprehensible on a basic human level, they lessen the chances of succeeding in the ultimate mission of our School.  We cannot hope to tackle our major environmental challenges effectively in a society that does not prioritize respect and equal treatment for all.

I was pleased to see Duke take a public stand against HB2.  I am also pleased to report that an effort to convert a number of restrooms across campus to gender neutral was already underway well before the actions of the legislature and governor, and that project will include NSOE.  I have asked that the university make our School a priority in this project.

Our School, and our university, can and should help show that these recent actions do not represent all of North Carolina, and do not represent what we want our state, our nation and our world to be.

Sincerely,
Alan

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3/24/16 - Duke Issues Statement About NC Law Limiting LGBT Protections

Duke University says activities on its campus will not be impacted by a new state law that prevents local governments from opening bathrooms for people to use based on their gender identity. The school released the following statement about the law, which was enacted Wednesday night:

"Duke University values every individual. We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which makes us a better and stronger community. For that reason, we deplore any effort to deny any person the protection of the law because of sexual orientation or gender identity."

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