Magazine article ASEE Prism

Letter Was Inappropriate

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Letter Was Inappropriate

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We, the President, President-Elect, and Immediate Past President of ASEE, disagree with the decision to publish Prof. Helmer's Letter to the Editor in the September issue of Prism magazine. We have conveyed our concern to the editor and to the publisher.

His specious mischaracterization of homosexuality is unsupported by any reputable literature. Prof. Helmer is entitled to his religious beliefs. However, Prism is not an appropriate place for him to air his judgment of others based on those beliefs.

We believe that we speak for the ASEE Board of Directors when we say that ASEE is committed to equal treatment and fairness for all. Please see the ASEE Diversity Statement at http://www.asee.org/aboutus/policy/diversity. We reaffirm our commitment to this statement.

To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we envision a world where engineering students and faculty, engineers, and in fact everyone, will not be judged by their gender, age, race, ethnic background, religion, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, but by the content of their character and their contributions to society. …

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