A photo posted on social media with the university’s beneficiary and a post of the university’s program from a controversial former president, a social media account named after him, and the university’s subsequent withdrawal of himself, Raison University Free speech in favor of donors in hot water over allegations of
Controversy ensued over the weekend when a photo surfaced on Suzanne Rogers’ Instagram account showing her family with former US President Donald Trump at their Mar-a-Lago resort. Apart from raising eyebrows in the media landscape, it also attracted attention to the fashion program of the University of Raison.
There has been a history of donating millions to Raison, including $ 1 million from the Edward and Suzanne Rogers Foundation to the Fashion School, through their philanthropic organizations, through various branches of the Rogers family. The university has responded by naming several buildings and programs for them, including the Suzanne Rogers Fashion Institute.
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In recent years, the fashion school has made a name for itself by being inclusive and socially conscious, under the direction of its outgoing chair, Ben Barry. Its social media account on Instagram has endorsed this in its post.
But a post in response to a Rogers Trump photo was a step too far for the university.
It invited Suzanne Rogers to open dialogue with faculty, staff and students, highlighting the often damaging effects of her followers on Trump and members of the fashion industry. Many members of the industry posted, who are from marginalized communities including black, brown, disabled, Asian, trans, indigenous and Qatar people.
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The post was removed shortly after and was distanced itself from rhetoric, replacing one from the university. It said that Raison did not approve the statement and “we do not believe that social media is the appropriate platform to judge the actions of others.”
The statement also stated that the issue with the Fashion School Post was that it was issued by the university, when in fact it was not.
Barry shared the university’s statement on his personal Twitter account, saying the words did not belong to him.
His response has students from Raysran’s past and present and the fashion school voiced concern that the university is mimicking the program in favor of its wealthy donors.
Tyler Griffin is tracking Barry’s influence at Fashion School and pushing it forward to support its social discourses. Editor-in-chief of Raiser Publications The opener He followed Barry through where his university often faltered.
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“In fact I have never seen a program so vociferous and unpublished about incorporating equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives,” Griffin said, adding that Raison benefited from the approach.
“It has really put fashion school on the map and given them a brand that I wouldn’t say they were before.”
Griffin said the university had previously given the fashion school, including Trump, the freedom to delve into politics, and appears to have been swept away this time at the mention of its prolific donor.
“It was never an issue and it was never an issue to be an official Ryerson account,” Griffin said.
“It was as usual; This is their brand, this is what they do well, this is their program. “
Some students of the fashion school feel that the university has not only created a vicious circle on social media accounts, but has also missed an opportunity.
Fashion Communication student Isabella Papagnianis said many students would have welcomed the opportunity to hear from Rogers on Trump’s photo.
“I think a lot of students would have liked to see him be able to please his mind,” she said.
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“And [ask her] ‘As anyone who is inclusive and supports diversity and also provides funding for all these places and considers himself a philanthropist, how can you deal with anyone and believe in these politics?’
Others, such as Charlotte Karbonn, a Kiver, fashion school’s Asian alumna, said they felt it incumbent on Rogers to take action.
“Trumpism includes racism, xenophobia, sexual assault and white supremacy,” she said.
“It is openly okay to do this with a grand leader of Trumpism, not okay for someone who is considered a leader in a school who says they champion inclusion and diversity.”
Neither Suzanne Rogers or the Edward and Suzanne Rogers Foundation responded to interview requests.
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