Some students and faculty members at Scripps College are upset over former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright being tapped as the commencement speaker for the all-women college.
Albright, the first woman to hold the post of US Secretary of State, is being criticized for recent remarks she made over her support for Hillary Clinton, specifically for implying that those who don’t vote for Clinton are anti-women. Others on the campus point to what they call Albright’s dubious record as Secretary of State under the Clinton administration, which they claim contributed to various humanitarian crises around the globe. Still others want to see a woman of color deliver the speech.
In protest, twenty-eight professors at the school have pledged to not share the stage with Albright on May 14.
What do you think of Albright as the commencement speaker?
Carlos Ballesteros, a senior at Claremont McKenna College and Pomona College, majoring in history and sociology. He is the past semester’s editor in chief of the Student Life, a campus newspaper that covers the entire consortium of the Claremont Colleges
Ari Cohn, attorney of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, who tracks the disinvitation of commencement speakers.