John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education Statement on and Actions Taken in Response to North Carolina House Bill 2
The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (JNGI), a North Carolina based non-profit corporation, offers the following statement in response to the adoption of North Carolina House Bill 2.
The staff of JNGI wants it known that while we will continue to obey all State of North Carolina statutes and policies and those of the United States government as they may pertain to the operation of our legally constituted non-profit corporation, we believe:
- The provisions of North Carolina House Bill 2 violate the equal protection clause of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment and, in so doing, conflict with the fundamental values of our organization.
- These values include promoting social justice and equal treatment and rights for all undergraduate college students and those who serve them regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, physical condition, religion, creed, nationality, immigration status, sexual orientation and/or identity.
Legally binding contracts finalized by the Institute well before the proposal and enactment of House Bill 2 prevent JNGI from moving four (4) upcoming professional meetings from Asheville, North Carolina during 2016.
However, JNGI will neither plan nor conduct any future professional events in North Carolina until the House Bill 2 is either rescinded by the North Carolina Legislature or invalidated by the Federal Courts.
In addition, we have moved all future events from North Carolina that could be altered without violating the terms of binding contracts. These events include the upcoming annual, in-person legally required meeting of our Board of Directors, as well as a retreat for JNGI senior staff advisors.
We understand and respect the fact that some of our higher education colleagues are barred from using institutional and/or public monies to travel to North Carolina in an official state or city employment capacity because of this legislation.
While we are not responsible for this legislative action, we profoundly regret its enactment. We believe that the majority of our fellow North Carolinians share our belief that this and any form of discrimination is an inappropriate moral affront to human dignity.
We implore you, the supporters of our work, to bear with us as we do our best under these circumstances, and we ask you to continue to grant us your respect and support.
The Staff of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education
Brevard, North Carolina
April 21, 2016