Student Government President Cole Staudt said Thursday he disagrees with the Senate's opposition to Brigham Young University (BYU) possibly joining the Big 12 Conference.
The resolution passed Wednesday states that BYU discriminates against LGBT students, staff and faculty, and therefore should not join the Big 12 Conference.
"The Big 12 stands for the acceptance of everyone, no matter their beliefs. I do not think we would be any better than BYU if the Big 12 schools chose to reject them because of their beliefs," Staudt said in his statement. "The conference should see BYU’s bid to join us as an opportunity to work with BYU to create a more inclusive campus while still respecting the beliefs that many members of the Church of Latter Day Saints hold.”
Staudt argued his discontent for the resolution at the meeting.
“You make change by embracing people,” Staudt said at the meeting. “...this resolution is not the way you make change. We don’t make change by excluding people.
The resolution, which passed the Senate 21-6, followed a nearly hour-and-a-half long debate on whether or not the Student Government had a place to take a position against BYU possibly joining the BYU Conference.
Student Government passed a resolution Wednesday night in opposition to Brigham Young Univer…
The resolution will be sent to active leaders in the Big 12 Conference, including Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Iowa State President Steven Leath and other Big 12 university presidents.