Letter: URI has its own definition of diversity

Artist rendering of URI's new LGBTQ center.

To the editor:

Artist rendering of URI's new LGBTQ center.

Artist rendering of URI’s new LGBTQ center.

How wonderful that the University of Rhode Island, in order to “celebrate the diversity that’s part of our community” (the words of URI President David M. Dooley) will be building a $2.1 million LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning) center. Three cheers for diversity.

Next year will URI, again in the name of diversity, build another multi-million center for students who are anti-abortion, supporters of traditional marriage (one man, one woman), and believers in the old-fashioned ideal of chastity?

I hope URI’s approval of “diversity” is not limited to the kinds of diversity favored by the left. But I suspect it is.

David R. Carlin


The writer, a former R.I. Senate majority leader, is a professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island.

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One Comment;

  1. Mason Flag said:

    Mr. Carlin,

    This center will welcome those who would choose not to have an abortion, those who are heterosexual, and those who would choose chastity for themselves, just as they will welcome those who would choose to make their own decisions regarding reproduction and sexual activity and those who are not heterosexual. This is what diversity means.

    M Flag