Young America’s Foundation obtained Facebook comments by a program assistant for Marquette’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies, that claim “one of the directors of diversity” is encouraging staff to surreptitiously ruin attendance at the event.
A series of posts suggest that staff and students reserve seats in order to take away seats from those who want to attend. One post says, “The suggestion I received [in a phone call with the director] and will be promoting is to … reserve a seat through (E)ventbrite as a student (to take a seat away from someone who actually would go) and not protest the day of.”
Young America’s Foundation’s Emily Jashinsky writes:
"If university staff members are actively engaging in attempts to prevent students from hearing the ideas of a highly-respected conservative thinker, organized by the school’s hardworking Young Americans for Freedom club, it is a sad reflection on Marquette’s ability to foster an environment where “vigorous debate” is actually welcome."
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