Writer Eric Resnick at Cleveland’s Gay People’s Chronice reports in the paper’s July 18 issue, which is online currently, that the director of Case Western Reserve University’s LGBT center was asked to resign only 88 days after being hired.
Center director Dan Coleman says he was asked to resign when he went to see Deputy Provost Lynn Singer and give her good news on the school’s progress on Campus Pride’s LGBT-Friendly College Climate Index. The school had been ranked at 3.5, but had moved up to 4.5, out of a total of 5 possible points.
That low score was one of the deciding factors in setting up the center, Resnick reports. Coleman told the newspaper he worked on several items to increase the score, including setting up an LGBT resource library, a graduation ceremony for LGBT students, an LGBT alumni group and more. Coleman also undertook a great deal of campus research for the index, something he says hadn’t been done before.
Coleman said he was “baffled” at the resignation request and believes he was fired for moving too quickly on LGBT issues, and described a certain “patience of the entire university on LGBT equality.”
“I was willing to be vocal about things and that may have crossed a boundary with the boss,” he told the Chronicle. “I think they wanted someone to move slower on LGBT equality. They’re dedicated to it, but they want someone to take their time.”