University of Virginia Graduate Students Response to the planned KKK Rally.

***Updated on 9/13/2017: This is not the original document.  It is posted here for archiving purposes.
*** At last count, more than 400 signed onto the original letter.

We, the undersigned graduate students at the University of Virginia and the wider community, are committed to fostering a community that welcomes and upholds the humanity of people of color, sexual minorities, gender minorities, religious minorities, and all who choose to make UVA their institution and Charlottesville their home. For these reasons, we condemn the rally proposed by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan on July 8th, 2017.

The KKK has a long history of murdering and terrorizing Black people. They are resolutely hostile to all people of color, immigrants, religious minorities, sexual minorities, and gender minorities. The Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League have condemned the KKK as a hate group, and cities across the nation have taken active actions against them, including labelling them a terrorist group. It is through ongoing indifference that the KKK and other like organizations are able to continually persecute our communities.

The City Council’s permit for the planned march will be seen by many as signaling tolerance for the White Knights. Allowing such a group to rally uncontested abets their effort to create a hostile environment for marginalized communities.

We call on the University of Virginia to acknowledge its responsibility to its students and the Charlottesville community by, at the very least, publicly condemning the KKK rally, which is expressly intended to threaten, intimidate and terrorize members of our community. We call on the University to recommit to efforts to make its students feel safe. As a pillar in the Charlottesville community and a well-respected academic institution nationwide, the University of Virginia’s strong condemnation of Klan activity in Charlottesville would resonate widely, and would be in keeping with goals to foster a Culture of Truth and a Community of Trust* among students and university officials.

As academics, we are well positioned to appreciate the power of free speech to speak up for the defense of marginalized communities. We, the undersigned, pledge to provide our continued support in opposition to the July 8th rally by KKK and any actions of bigotry by similar groups.

* Black Student Alliance at University of Virginia, “Towards a Better University,” April 2015, 14.

*** The list of signatories will be constantly updated to reflect the range of support ***

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

AMERICAN STUDIES
Elizabeth Stafford, Undergraduate student

ANTHROPOLOGY
Ms. Dannah Dennis, Graduate student
macario garcia, Graduate student
Michelle Morgenstern, Graduate student
Ida Hoequist, Graduate student
Ms. Jacqueline Cieslak, Graduate student
Lee Bloch, Graduate student
Alessandro Questa, Graduate student
Bremen Donovan, Graduate student
Susan Palazzo, Graduate student
Ms. Alison Broach, Graduate student
Eva Alvarado, Undergraduate student
Mr. John Favini, Graduate student

ARCHITECTURE
Ms. Allison Slomski, Alumni
Ms. Alex Dao, Alumna
Patricia Basile, Graduate student

ART HISTORY
Ms. Alicia Caticha, Graduate student

ASTRONOMY
Mr. Luca Beale, Graduate student
Dr. Kristen Jones, Alumni
Mr. Andrew Burkhardt, Graduate student

BATTEN SCHOOL OF LEADERSHIP AND PUBLIC POLICY
Ms. Lydia Chu, Graduate student
Lena Lewis, Graduate student

BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR GENETICS
Ms. Elizabeth Wagner, Graduate student

BIOETHICS
Ms. Priya Curtis, Alumna (GSAS ’08)

BIOLOGY
Brianna Benjamin, Undergraduate student
Erin Kodis, Graduate student
Mr. Adam Huckaby, Graduate student
Ms. Irene Cheng, Graduate student

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Cailey Fitzgerald, Graduate student
Tom Moutinho, Graduate student
Mr. Benjamin Anton, Graduate student

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
Joanna Nowacka, Graduate student
Lyndsey Muehling, Graduate student

BIOPHYSICS
Dr. Ivan Shabalin, Research Scientist

CAD
Ms. Angela Taliaferro, Staff Member

CARDIOVASCULAR RESEARCH CENTER
Sara Murphy, Staff Member

CELL BIOLOGY
Professor Judith White, Faculty
Ms. Kelly Barford, Graduate student

CLASSICS
Mr. Joseph Zehner, Graduate student

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Ms. Gail Wiley, Alumna
Dr. Douglas Day, alumnus

COMPUTER SCIENCE
Jack Wadden, Graduate student

COUNSELOR EDUCATION
Ms. Jennifer Darsie, Faculty

CREATIVE WRITING
Ms. Helena Chung, Graduate student
Mr. Bobby Elliott, Graduate student
Anna Tomlinson, Graduate student

CURRY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Dr. Carolina Melo, Staff Member
Ms. Francisca Romo, Graduate student
Carolina Moreira Vasquez, Graduate student
Dr. Mimi Arbeit, Postdoctoral Fellow
Abigail Scheerschmidt, Graduate student
Haley Johnson, Graduate student
Renee Gallo, Graduate student
Ms. Pilar Alamos, Graduate student
Dannele Ferreras, Graduate student
Ms. Pilar Alamos, Graduate student
Ms. Ashley Salinas, Graduate student
Ms. Alicia Bouley, Graduated student
Breanna Dufour, Graduate student
Shannon Reilly, Graduate student
Ms. Rose Cole, Graduate student
Ms. Danielle Lewis, Graduate student
Ms. Chelsea Duran, Graduate student

DARDEN
Mr. Evan Bruno, Graduate student

DATA SCIENCE
Mr. Tyler Hutcherson, Graduate student

ECONOMICS
Joaquín Saldain, Graduate student

ENGINEERING
Mr. Luis Lopez-Ruiz, Graduate student
Heather Spence, Graduate student

ENGLISH
Ms. Cannon Lane, Graduate student
Dionte Harris, Graduate student
Maya Hislop, Graduate student
Mr. Alex Lenkei, Graduate student
Nathan Frank, Graduate student
Ms. Christina Black, Community Member
Ms. Landis Grenville, Graduate student
Ms. Emelye Keyser, Graduate student
Sarah Storti, Graduate student
Ms. Esther Yu, Alumna
Mr. Rory Sullivan, Graduate student
Carol Guarnieri, Graduate student
Lydia Brown, Graduate student
Ms. Lee Ann Kinkade, Alumna
Aaron Colton, Graduate student
Mr. Andrew Barrow, Graduate student
Valerie Voight, Graduate student
Sherif Abdelkarim, Graduate student
Mr. Piers Gelly, Graduate student
Ms. Samantha Wallace, Graduate student
Mr. Paul Legault, Alumnus
Ms. Katelyn Durkin, Graduate student
Madeline Zehnder, Graduate student
Ms. Eva Latterner, Graduate student
Sophie Abramowitz, Graduate student
Ms. Annie Galvin, Graduate student
Sarah Winstein-Hibbs, Graduate student
Laura All, Graduate student
Ms. Susan Fraiman, Faculty
Ms. Stephanie Bernhard, Graduate student
Mr. Evan Cheney, Graduate student

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
Ms. Jessica Munyan, Graduate student
Ms. Solianna Herrera, Graduate student
Ms. Brynn Cook, Graduate student
Amber Slatosky, Graduate student
Dr. Rosemary Malfi, Alumni (PhD)
Dr. Ariela Haber, Community Member

HEALTH AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Ms. Rena Morse, Staff Member

HISTORY
Ms. Alexandra T. Evans, Graduate student
Ms. Emily Sackett, Graduate student
Mr. Michael de Groot, Graduate student
Mr. Tom Butcher, Graduate student
Ms. Alexi Garrett, Graduate student
Mr. Erik Erlandson, Graduate student
Mr. Clayton Jonah Butler, Graduate student
Mr. Chris Halsted, Graduate student
Ms. Katie Lantz, Graduate student
Ms. Monica Kristin Blair, Graduate student
Ms. Melissa Gismondi, Graduate student
Mr. Yuchen Zhao, Graduate student
Mr. Abeer Saha, Graduate student
Josh Morrison, Graduate student
Ms. Kathleen Berggren, Graduate student
Shira Lurie, Graduate student
Joseph Thompson, Graduate student
Jing Luo, Graduate student
Joseph Thompson, Graduate student
Mr. Jeremy Sharp, Alumni
Rachael G. Johnson, Graduate student
Mr. Stefan Lund, Graduate student
Mr. Connor Kenaston, Graduate student
Mr. Nicholas Scott, Graduate student
Devin Zuckerman, Graduate student

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
Ms. Arcadia M. Rodriguez-Ruiz, Undergraduate student

LAW
Ms. Lisseth Ochoa, Alumni
Mr. Robert Pomeroy, Graduate student
Ms. Michelle Garafalo, Graduate student
Ms. Shruthi Prabhu, Graduate student
Amanda Lineberry, Graduate student
Ms. Courtney Koelbel, Graduate student
Mr. Campbell Haynes, Graduate student
Mr. Jah Akande, Graduate student
Jim Dennison, Graduate student
Ms. Suzy Lee, Graduate student
Ms. Nicole Lawler, Graduate student
Ms. Maya Iyyani, Graduate student
Elyse Moy, Graduate student
Ms. Lollie Akere, Graduate student
Ms. Kamillia Scott, Graduate student
Mr. Chris Martin, Graduate student
Ms. Lauren Cassady, Graduate student
Mr. Jason Boyle, Graduate student
Jeremy Bennie, Graduate student
Keisha James, Graduate student
Ms. Kimberly Delk, Graduate student

LIBRARY
Mr. Dave Ghamandi, Faculty
Mr. Bill Sun, Staff Member
Mr. Joseph Azizi, Staff Member

MATERIAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING
Mr. Gerard Rodriguez, Graduate student

MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
Pamela Gregoretti, Alumni

MCINTIRE SCHOOL OF COMMERCE
Brandi Skanes, Graduate student
Professor David Chapman, Faculty

MEDICINE
Ms. Amaya Cotton-Caballero, Graduate student
Ms. Jewel Llamas, Graduate student
Mr. Alex Clavijo, Graduate student
Mr. Evan Rajadhyaksha, Graduate student
Ms. Jenna Thuman, Graduate student
Mr. Sergio Patton, Graduate student
Brianna Bagalkotkar, Graduate student
Hannah Kaleebi, Graduate student

MICROBIOLOGY, IMMUNOLOGY, AND CANCER BIOLOGY
Ms. Tiffany Shand, Graduate student
Mr. Awndre Gamache, Graduate student
Mr. Anthony Rodriguez, Graduate student
Ms. Amanda Lulu, Graduate student
CJ Anderson, Graduate student
Aditi Upadhye, Graduate student

MIDDLE EASTERN & SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGES & CULTURES
Joshua Bocher, Alumni

MUSIC
Mr. Ben Luca Robertson, Graduate student
Aldona Dye, Graduate student
Ms. Amy Coddington, Graduate student
Steven Lewis, Graduate student
Dr. Jarek Paul Ervin, UVa Alumni (PhD, Music, 2017)
Stephanie Gunst, Graduate student

NEUROSCIENCE
Dr. Emily Andre, Graduate student
Dr. Ioana Marin, Graduate student
Mr. Geoffrey Norris, Graduate student
Dr. Bryson Reynolds, Alumnus
Mark Rudolf, Graduate student

NURSING
Ms. Cecilia Quinonez, Graduate student
Ms. Leslie Balcazar de Martinez, Graduate student
Katherine Lindstrom, Graduate student
Ms. Katherine Gutierrez, Graduate student
Ms. Erin Johns, UVA Alumna
Katy meinbresse, Alumni

PATHOLOGY
Ms. Alexandra Harris, Graduate student

PHARMACOLOGY
Mr. Alex Keller, Graduate student
Mr. Adi Narahari, Graduate student

POLITICS
Colin Kielty, Graduate student
Ms. Paromita Sen, Graduate student
Mr. Sam Plapinger, Graduate student
Ms. Jennifer Simons, Graduate student
Alex Welch, Graduate student
Dan Henry, Graduate student
Mr. Jingcai Ying, Graduate student
Ms. Aycan Katitas, Graduate student
Mr. Daniel Davis, Graduate student
Ms. Chelsea Goforth, Graduate student
Brittany Leach, Graduate student
Ms. Kimberly Ganczak, Graduate student
Mr. Ben Helms, Graduate student
Mr. Andrew Gates, Graduate student
Mr. Geoffrey Gordon, Graduate student
Mr. Ross Mittiga, Graduate student
Ahmed Teleb, Graduate student
Ms. Jordan Brandon, Alumna

PSYCHOLOGY
Anup Gampa, Graduate student
Robert Moulder, Graduate student
Ms. Marlen Z. Gonzalez, Graduate student
Andrea Negrete, Graduate student
Sierra Eisen, Graduate student
Ms. Miranda Beltzer, Graduate student
Ms. Meltem Yucel, Graduate student
Ms. Marissa Drell, Graduate student
Dr. Sam Portnow, Alum
Ms. Audrey wittrup, Graduate student
Hyeonjin Bak, Graduate student
Jessica Mazen, Graduate student
Sara Medina-DeVilliers, Graduate student
Jane Tucker, Graduate student
Ms. Kelci Straka, Former undergraduate student
Dr. Rachel G. Riskind, Alum (GSAS ’13)
Dr. Kelly Hoffman, Former graduate student
Jamie Albright, Graduate student
Ms. Veronica Weser, Graduate student
Ms. Caroline Kelsey, Graduate student
Dr. David Reinhard, Graduate
Mr. Karl Fua, Graduate student
Ms. Jessica Taggart, Graduate student
Ms. Rachel Narr, Graduate student
Ms. Emily Loeb, Graduate student
Ms. Kelly Wroblewski, Graduate student
Ms. Meret Hofer, Graduate student
Ms. Janelle Billingsley, Graduate student
Professor Noelle Hurd, Faculty
Cat Thrasher, Graduate student
Professor Judy DeLiache, Faculty
Mr. Nick Buttrick, Graduate student
Ms. Diane-Jo Bart-Plange, Graduate student

PUBLIC HEALTH
Mr. Michael Capps, Graduate student

RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Ananda Reed, Alum
Jasleen Bawa, Graduate student
Mr. Eric Hilker, Graduate student
Mr. Oscar Tovar-Argueta, Graduate student
Naomi Worth, Graduate student
Ms. Meghan Hartman, Graduate student
Ms. Melanie Monteclaro Pace, Graduate student
Ms. Rebecca Draughon, Graduate student
Kayla Kauffman, Graduate student
Luke Beck Kreider, Graduate student
Luke Beck Kreider, Graduate student
David Griffin, Graduate student
Mr. Isaac B. May, Graduate student
Jeremy Fisher, Graduate student
Gaston Jean-Xavier Arze, Graduate student
Lucila Crena, Graduate student
Mr. Michael Nilon, Graduate student
Mr. Matt Farley, Graduate student
Rev. Thomas Isaac Collins, Graduate student
Dr. Eva Natanya Rolf, Recent Graduate
Mr. Patrick Derdall, Graduate student
Ms. Mae Speight, Graduate student
Mr. Nathan Walton, Graduate student
Michelle Walsh, Graduate student
Daniel Kingsley, Undergraduate student

SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
Anna Maxwell, Graduate student

SOCIOLOGY
Ms. Diana Catalina Vallejo Pedraza, Graduate student
Mr. Sarah Mosseri, Graduate student
Ms. Brooke Dinsmore, Graduate student
Ms. Sarah Johnson, Graduate student
Denise Deutschlander, Graduate student
Ms. Elissa Zeno, Graduate student
Bailey Troia, Graduate student
Candace Miller, Graduate student
Ms. Mary-Collier Wilks, Graduate student
Gabriella V. Smith, Graduate student
Daniel Shutt, Graduate student
Heidi Nicholls, Graduate student

SPANISH, ITALIAN, AND PORTUGESE
Ms. Maria Esparza Rodriguez, Graduate student
Mr. Erick Romig, Graduate student

UMA
Kim mechling, Staff Member

NO AFFILIATION LISTED
Mr. Mark Enriquez, Graduate student
Ms. Ana Estrada, Graduate student
Jennifer Ortiz Cardenas, Graduate student
M. Gomez, Graduate student
Mr. Benjamin Romero, Graduate student
Anthony Fernandez-Castaneda, Graduate student
Ms. Brittany Spear, Graduate student
Mr. Kevin Minor, Graduate student
Mr. Jack Furniss, Graduate student
Christina Taylor, Graduate student
Daniel Lipscomb, Graduate student
Ms. Karina Torres, Graduate student
Mr. Jacint Sanchez, Graduate student
Ibby Han, alumna
Professor Rose Wellman, Community Member
Ms. J. Adasi, UVA Alum
Ms. Stephanie Soh, Undergraduate student
Jessie Bryant, Undergraduate student
Ms. Maria Abreu, Graduate student
Ms. Krystal Jones-Baskerville, Community Member
Yasmine Dessouky, Undergraduate student
Mr. Aman Mangalmurti, Community Member
Mr. Tomas Rahal, Alumna
Mr. Jason Sumontha, Graduate student
Casey Ireland, Graduate student
Julia Haines, Graduate student
Ms. Victoria Kielar, Community Member and Prior Graduate
Toccara Nelson, Graduate student
Bridget Reilly, Graduate student
A Rosen, Graduate student
Rachel Ellen Simon, Alumni
Ms. Brittany Ayers, Alumna
Ms. Meera L. Ram, UVA CLAS ’12
Ms. Kathleen Chapman, Community Member
Ms. Kanchana Sthanumurthy, Alumni
Ms. Tara Nesbit de Cardenas, M.Ed Curry 1991/Community Member
Ms. Megan Donovan, Community Member
Mr. Joseph Wei, Graduate student
Dr. Barbara Heritage, Affiliated staff

WIDER COMMUNITY

Mr. Tracy Saxon, Activist
Kali Cichon, Community Member
Kathryn Foote, Community Member
Ms. Nicole Simon, Community Member
Ms. Sherry Martin, Community Member
Mr. Joseph Breeden, Community Member
Mr. Evan Viglietta, Community Member
Ms. Jeanine Bordeau, Comunity member, activist, graduate ODU
Emily Kingsley, Activist
Dolly Joseph, PhD, Community Member, UVa Alum
Community Member Frank Richards, Community Member
Anony Mous, Concerned citizen
Mr. Jeffrey Seymour, Community Member
Ms. Sorcha Szczerbiak, Activist
Ms. Jessica Burruss, Community Member
Dr. LuAnn Cooley, Community Member
Dr. Grace Wilkinson, Alumna
Ms. Kimberley Gallmeyer, Community Member
Ms. Mariah Thompson, Alumni, UVA Law
Ms. Virginia Vaidhyanathan, Community Member
Mrs. Rachel Jernigan, Concerned Virginian
Dr. Donna Carty, Alumnae of UVA
Ms. Priscilla Mendenhall, Community Member
Professor Keith Warren, Faculty
Raty Syka, Alumni
Chelsea Jack, UVA Alumna
Ms. Ann W. King, Parent, mother-in-law and grandparent of 3 UVA grads
Mr. Patrick Moctezuma, Community Member, Va Democrats
Dr. Guy Aiken, PhD graduate 2017, Villanova University
Ms. Sarah Kritzer, Undergraduate student, Virginia Commonwealth University