08/27/2014 Howard Goldman

Chancellor Rebecca Chopp: why does the University of Denver honor Radical Feminist Robin Morgan?

[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”lifted-both” width=”full” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Publisher’s note: the following letter is addressed to Dr. Rebecca Chopp, chancellor at the University of Denver, who took her position there in mid-2014. Before this she was president of Swarthmore College, and is named nineteen times in a January 2014 lawsuit by John Doe alleging he was wrongly expelled three months before his senior year after being falsely accused of sexual assault.

Prior to the filing of his lawsuit John Doe appealed to President Chopp, claiming that the university did not even follow its own rules when they found him guilty. President Chopp denied him even the chance to voice these concerns via appeal.

Now the chancellor at DU, she is called upon again to address gender equity. Howard Goldman, author of the email below, has informed me she has also ignored his concerns and not responded to him in the three weeks since his email. Chopp’s history warrants further public review of her commitment toward gender equity in education. With Mr. Goldman’s permission his letter is reprinted below. – JT[/dropshadowbox]

Rebecca Chopp, Ph.D.,

How do you do Ms. Chopp?  I came across your university’s webpage while browsing for colleges for my children. I have 2 daughters and a son. I noticed a few things that concern me and would certainly affect my decision of choice of school for my children.  Some of these concerns result from the page on the website that is devoted to the annual women’s conference and the Robin Morgan Award.

The first thing that I noticed is that your university presents an annual award to a female staff member who goes beyond her job responsibilities. The women’s conference webpage states that this staff member should also enhance the concerns of women. There are several issues that concern me with this award.

1. Why are male staff who go beyond their job responsibilities denied the opportunity to receive an award for doing so? Isn’t that sexism where an award is presented based solely on gender? Has there ever been an equivalent conference for men?

2. Why is there no recognition for a staff member that would enhance the concerns of men?  Are the concerns of men on campus ever addressed or promoted?  Does DU even consider that men on campus would have any concerns? If so, why then are there no awards for staff that address them?

One concern I note is the enrollment and graduation rates based on gender. Statistics show an undergraduate 45% enrollment for men and just a 41% enrollment for men in graduate school. Graduation rates show that just about 40% of graduates are male for bachelors and masters degrees while an even lower rate for doctorates where only 1/3 are male.

With these kinds of rates, why does DU cater only to recognizing those that further the advocacy for women? Perhaps if DU would advocate for male issues and concerns, more men might feel welcomed to enroll in your school.

3. Your WAND (Women’s staff Alliance for Networking and Development) webpage is also a bit of a concern.  The page states: “WAND is an organization committed to helping staff women at the University of Denver achieve their highest potential as employees by means of advocacy, education, development and leadership.”

Does this mean that male staff have no such program to help them achieve their highest potential via education, development and leadership?  Are male staff sub-par to female staff due to the void of their education and development opportunities?

4. My last and biggest concern is the Robin Morgan Award. This award is named after the former Ms. Magazine editor. The award is bestowed upon female staff that are exemplary in their duties. Robin Morgan has made some statements that in my opinion are rather disturbing and I ask why your university would name this award after her. By naming this award after Robin Morgan, DU is lauding and praising this woman’s thoughts and actions.   The following are statements that I find offensive, to say the least:

I feel that ‘man-hating’ is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them.

So I should consider sending my son to a college that honors its female staff by naming an award after someone that honors those that hate men?  My son is deemed to oppress women? As am I?  If women are so oppressed why are 2/3 of all doctoral graduates women?

White males are the most responsible for the destruction of human life and environment on the planet today.

So I guess all those white males that invented, produced, perfected and built and implemented all the medical advancements we have today to save  and extend billions of lives are scum and not worth mention? I guess all the inventions that pollute the environment, like cars, airplanes, appliances, chemicals used in make-up and the like are never used by women and only men pollute?

I claim that rape exists any time sexual intercourse occurs when it has not been initiated by the woman, out of her own genuine affection and desire.

Thus, the woman you honored by naming an award after claims I am a rapist? And I am supposed to consider sending my son to this school, who will eventually be classified as such by your university’s idol? For brevity sake, I will just quote one more:

Let’s put one lie to rest for all time: the lie that men are oppressed, too, by sexism-the lie that there can be such a thing as men’s liberation groups.

Men are never oppressed by sexism? I won’t even begin to discuss family court or the other ways men are victims of sexism.

It’s ironic that this quote would be associated with Ms. Morgan, the same woman you name your award after. The same award that screams with sexism based on the fact that male staff are eliminated from contention to receive based solely on their gender.

Perhaps irony isn’t the right word. Perhaps hypocrisy is more correct. I wonder if you could rationalize all the above concerns and quotes.  I wonder if you could think of any reason I would send my son to this school given the above issues that I addressed.

Thank you for your time,

Howard Goldman

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Comments (7)

  1. It’s amazing how many skeletons these administrators have in their closets. I wouldn’t be surprised if we were able to dig up some more info on Dr. Chopp.

    And Howard, this letter is excellent. It’s amazing how simple questions can be used to drive the point home. I’m glad you wrote it.

    • Howard Goldman

      Thank you Jonathan for printing my letter on here. Every parent sending their son to college needs to investigate and ask questions like these. What parent would send their son to a college like this that only cares about female staff and female students and issues affecting women? And thanks to your digging, why would anyone send their son to a college that has a Chancellor that certainly appears to be anti-male and has removed due process of male students.

  2. Rob

    Howard Goldman did a good job researching U of D’s chancellor. She seems like an example of the feminist culture in American education. WAND and Ms Morgan are great examples of the female chauvinist mentality of feminism.

  3. George

    I’ve taken quite a number of continuing education classes at DU and I can tell you that anti-male sentiment there is palpable. You can see it in the signs that plaster the walls (often even in the men’s restrooms), you can sense it in the suspicious sidelong glances you get from many women on campus, and you can detect it in the class offerings, in some of the policies, and in some of the attitudes expressed on campus.

    Simply put; I will NEVER pay for my son (or my daughter) to attend the University of Denver.

    • Howard Goldman

      Thank you George. Can you elaborate on what signs you saw?

  4. George

    Yes. The ones that annoyed me most appeared in some of the men’s restrooms. The first series I encountered lectured men that they could stop “partner violence” — as if partner violence is a male-only problem, and as if all men are prone to it. While I can’t say for sure, I doubt that any corresponding version of the flyers appeared in women’s restrooms. Similarly, I later saw a series of flyers in men’s rooms telling men to stop date rape — again, as though all men are prone to rape, and as though modern sexual behavior on campus (particularly when alcohol is involved) isn’t a very complicated issue.

    In addition, I often saw flyers encouraging students to sign up for woman-centric classes, and some others with either exclusionary or vaguely anti-male messages.

    All of the signs I’m referring to appeared to have been created by individuals or student organizations. In other words, they weren’t necessarily sanctioned (at least not openly) by the administration of DU.

  5. Lili Robin

    I was staff at DU and was sexually assaulted by my boss on a Saturday morning in University Advancement’s first floor telecomm closet. I was using my tuition waiver at the time so I was also a student but Title IX is supposed to cover everyone at a University, not just students. I told my co-worker right after the assault and emailed DU’s HR. I had doctor diagnosed PTSD and had a panic attack and then was told I would be fired for that panic attack even though my attacker was the only witness. I was called liar and there was no investigation and then I was fired. When Dr. Chopp arrived at DU I thought she would help, she cares about women I thought, so I wrote her about another female staff who was getting sexually harassed at DU and how the Title IX Office does not respond to emails about sexual misconduct and she issued me a no trespass letter because she didn’t like reading about real crimes and racism at DU. That female who was being sexually harassed went to the same people I went to for help and nothing was done and she ended up quitting. DU never investigates crimes, they just cover it up. Dr. Chopp is perfect for DU, both are fake. I believe Jonathan because I have seen Dr. Chopp ignore the facts and hide the truth. UA solicits money for DU so when they call you asking you for money understand that a sexual assault happened in the building they are calling from and DU covered-up the crime.


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