UTEP students, local leaders speak out about Wilson nomination


The UTEP Student Government Association hosted a forum Thursday evening where students voiced their concerns about Heather Wilson, the sole finalist set to become the university’s next president.

Students from various groups, including the Queer Student Alliance, pointed to Wilson’s reported anti-equality record as an Albuquerque congresswoman.

According to house records, the republican voted in favor of a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and against employment protections for LGBTQ workers.

On Thursday night, the Texas House LGBTQ Executive Board says institutions of education should be discrimination-free. 

Local State Rep. Mary Gonzalez, the chair of the board, released the following statement from the board:

“Secretary Wilson’s previous comments and voting record against LGBTQ Americans are not only of great concern to Texans, they threaten the sanctity of UTEP’s campus as a place of education.”

The board says it will meet with the UT System chancellor to discuss the implication of picking a finalist who is not representative of the state’s values. 

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