College students around the country have been petitioning for the removal of Chick-Fil-A from college campuses ever since the President of the company made a handful of LGBT-related comments that incited an onslaught of publica debate earlier this summer.
USF students and faculty have followed suit and started their own petition to remove Chick-Fil-A from the Marshall Student Center.
“As a campus that stands for diversity and inclusion, the University of South Florida should not fund a company that supports anti-equality measures. LGBT rights are human rights and no university should cooperate with a group that is openly against human rights. By removing the Chick-fil-A vendor from the Marshall Center, the USF community will affirm its commitment to all of its members”, the petition reads.
This petition has obtained over 500 signatures with a goal to reach 1,000 signatures. Whether the petition will actually impact Chick-Fil-A on the USF campus is yet to be seen.
USF made national news last year when the school became one of the first schools to offer transgender options for students living on-campus. Those changes were made after a transgender student complained about being harassed by other students in a residence hall.
USF has a number of resources available to LGBT students and focuses on being a multicultural institution through efforts like the Multicultural Community (MCC), a group of multicultural student organizations focused on fostering cross-cultural relationships, facilitating intentional programs, and developing diverse student leaders.