The bulletin board outside of The Pride Center in the UC was vandalized this past weekend. The vandalism is being investigated by University authorities.(Madeleine Sheifer/B&W Staff).

Racist, homophobic vandalism discovered outside of Pride Center

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Racist and homophobic vandalism of the bulletin board outside of the Price Center was found last weekend.

The vandalism in the UC follows another recent incident in which the all-gender restroom across from the Pride Center was also vandalized, Donald Outing, vice president for equity and community, said in an email to the campus community on May 16.

The vandalism is being investigated by University authorities.

The Pride Center team addressed the incident in a May 15 email and reminded recipients that the Pride Center “stands in solidarity with communities of color.” The center acts as a resource to individuals who feel impacted by the actions.

In the email, Outing and the Pride Center remind members of the campus community that incidents can be reported to the university by the Bias Reporting Form. Counseling and Psychological Services offers resources to help students further process the incidents, such as a crisis line at 610-758-3880.

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  1. Lynn Anne Miller, ‘85 on

    This is disappointing. How can a kid smart enough to gain admission to Lehigh engage in such base behavior?

    Thirty-five plus years ago, in an era when the gays I knew at Lehigh were closeted, and few would dare avail themselves of its resources, the Pride Center was never defiled.

    Perhaps Lehigh’s recruitment efforts should better prioritize the character of incoming students.

    I hope the perpetrators are found and expelled from Lehigh.

    • Amy Charles '89 on

      Lynn Anne, you must not remember some of the things that got written on fraternity rocks. Lehigh students were no better then.

    • current student on

      I highly doubt the character of the students has changed, at least not for the worse (this includes acts of vandalism, rowdiness of parties, etc.). I very much suspect the internet and increased sensitivity has highlighted issues. Please do not hold these acts against current students as we are almost certainly, as a collective, no worse behaved than your peers.

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