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On December 11, Jasmine Lester and Nicholas P. Mendoza attended a mandatory meeting with Arizona State University Chief of Human Resources, Kevin Salcido and HR legal partner Sylvester Simons. The meeting occurred because of comments Lester made at ASU’s LGBTQA Community Dialogue, where she suggested all ASU employees receive LGBTQA sensitivity training. She cited an incident when a professor (who happened to be the keynote speaker at the Dialogue) made inappropriate jokes and comments in class about Lester’s sexual orientation.
The conversation with Salcido then turned to the way ASU enables faculty who sexually harass and rape students, specifically professors leading Study Abroad trips at Barrett, The Honors College. Similar to the what we learned from the conversation with President Crow, the ASU administration seems more concerned with protecting itself than protecting students.