After months of controversy over House Bill 2 and students calling for action from the university, faculty members have begun speaking out against the bathroom bill.
On April 21, the Faculty Council of UNC Charlotte voted on a resolution for the repeal of House Bill 2. In the resolution, it states the Faculty Council “urges the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal House Bill 2.”
The resolution accuses North Carolina’s political leaders of diminishing civil rights and using laws to codify discrimination.
The School of Social Work also released a statement earlier in the week. In the statement, it is written that as social workers they believe House Bill 2 contradicts the values of their profession.
“Even if the law stands, HB2 will ultimately disappoint its supporters,” said Master of Social Work program director Bob Herman-Smith. “There is already much more interest on campus, in the state and across the country about transgender issues. Conversation leads to more awareness which leads to myth-busting. That’s not what the General Assembly intended to do.”
Herman-Smith said the School of Social Work plans to add more LGBT-related content to their curriculum, post maps to gender-neutral bathrooms on campus and “generally raise awareness about the impact of the law.”