The Associated Students of Linfield College Cabinet has requested to meet with members of the FUSION Club on March 18 to address bullying of LGBTQ community members.
The meeting was requested by the Cabinet, according to a March 11 email sent by Aidan Willers, club president, to FUSION members. The email requested that “anyone who has witnessed or been bullied at any time on Linfield’s campus to come and share their story to Cabinet, if they are comfortable.”
When asked about the email he sent, Willers declined to comment about the bullying incidences.
“This is obviously a very important, but sensitive, issue that certainly needs attention. However, it is my superior’s, as well as my own, opinion that it is not an issue that should be brought to public attention at this time. Things are still premature regarding the issue, and I do not wish to pressure anyone into sharing a story that could become public,” Willers wrote in an email.
FUSION Club at Linfield deals with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning concerns. The club addresses “issues of sexuality with a focus on the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) social climates,” according to its Web page.
Jason Rodriguez, director of multicultural programs and FUSION co-adviser, echoed Willers’ sentiment.
“This is a sensitive subject for many and when the time is appropriate, and FUSION feels ready to talk with The Linfield Review, then a FUSION representative will email you back or be in contact with you officially,” Rodriguez wrote in an email.
Efforts to reach club members directly were unsuccessful.
ASLC Cabinet meetings take place at 6 p.m. Mondays in the Riley Club Room.
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