The University of Illinois hosted a forum last night on digital hate and civil discourse. It was prompted following a series of racist and sexist posts last week on Twitter against Urbana Chancellor Phyllis Wise. Jennifer Sun is an international student attending the U of I. Sun says she didn't feel safe on campus when she saw the tweets:
"When I decided to come to United States for college, I was told that United States is a diverse place where everyone stands an equal chance of achieve their dreams of being respected in the same way, but it certainly doesn't feel like it. The incident is just a misrepresentation of our culture because I know we're better than this. "
Chancellor Wise had a scheduling conflict, and couldn't attend last night's meeting. In a pre-recorded message played during the forum, Wise says she's encouraged by what she's hearing from students about equality, but she says there's still a lot of work to do. The U of I determined students who posted the personal attacks against the Chancellor did not violate University policy.
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