University Statement on Chick-fil-A
Aug. 2, 2012
In response to concerns from students and other Emory constituents about the ongoing debate surrounding Chick-fil-A, Emory's Division of Campus Life has issued the following Emory University statement:
"Emory University has a long history of creating access, inclusion, and equity for Emory's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer students, faculty, staff and alumni. Recent public statements by Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-A, do not reflect Emory's values as an institution. Nevertheless, freedom of expression and an open exchange of ideas are also central tenets of the Emory community. Emory therefore respects the right of people to express their disagreement with Mr. Cathy by not patronizing Chick-fil-A.
Emory's vision statement calls for us to be "internationally recognized as an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged, and diverse community, whose members work collaboratively for positive transformation in the world through courageous leadership in teaching, research, scholarship, health care, and social action.” It is our hope that our educational environment promotes diversity of thought and encourages dialogue on this issue with the aim of benefiting our local and global communities."