Washburn college republicans release call to action for WSGA diversity and inclusion director to step down


*** This is a developing story***

The Washburn College Republicans issued a statement earlier today calling for WSGA Diversity and Inclusion Director, Megan Dorantes, to step down after it was revealed that she had posted numerous social media posts which have been described as “hateful and discriminatory” by the College Republicans.

Screenshots of Dorantes’ posts, which can be found on the College Republican’s Instagram along with their official press release statement, make derogatory comments regarding United States police, the country of France and supporters of former President Donald Trump.

Harrison Dollar, President of the College Republicans, said that this behavior was unbecoming of the Diversity and Inclusion Director and needed to be addressed.

“Director Dorantes should resign or be terminated as soon as possible,” said Dollar. “This behavior is not fit for any Washburn student and especially not one paid by the students to be the Diversity and Inclusion Director. Spewing hate and calling for physical violence will not be tolerated.”

Washburn students on Instagram have made their positions known. Some students agreed with Dollar’s points while others have accused the College Republicans of being racist as they call for a woman of color to be removed from her position in WSGA.

WSGA Vice-President Dylan Babcock issued a short statement where he said that if anyone believes that student misconduct has occurred, they should reach out to Dr. Joel Bluml who can be reached at 785-670-2100 or at [email protected].

The Washburn Review reached out to Megan Dorantes for comment, but she has not responded thus far.

Washburn University’s official statement on Diversity and Inclusion on campus can be found below or on its website.

Washburn is committed to cultivating an inclusive learning, living, and working community, facilitating the success of all people, and supporting all individuals. An inclusive community values diversity in culture, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, nationality, place of origin, language, ability, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religious and non-religious identity, political and social ideology, family background, veteran status, and age, as well as the intersections of these identities. The University strives to provide opportunities for its members to reflect upon their own perspectives while examining the perspectives of others, resulting in a culture of empathy and respect for all.
Edited by: Madison Dean