Dean Downey: white supremacists may protest at campus event

On March 20, Dean of Students John Downey sent an email to students, which detailed the possibility of protesters–including white supremacists–at a March 25 campus event with author and speaker Tim Wise.

Campus police has cordoned off an area adjacent to Dana Auditorium–the building where Wise will speak–for these groups to protest, he said, adding that there will also be an area for counter-protesters.

Various groups, including white supremacists, may protest at speaker and author Tim Wise's speech at Queens.

Groups, including white supremacists, may protest at speaker and author Tim Wise’s speech at Queens.

“We are prepared to allow reasonable and respectful discord and expressions of differing opinions,” Downey said. “However, Campus Police and CMPD will be on hand to make sure the behavior is consistent with our state laws and University policy.”

Students who have questions or concerns about these protests should talk to either Queens staff members or campus police, Downey said.

“Queens is committed to open, constructive dialog about important social issues and we’re proud to welcome Mr. Wise to our campus,” Downey said. “I hope to see you there, fully participating in this important discussion.”

Tim Wise will speak at 7 p.m. on March 25 in Dana Auditorium.

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