Today I received the "open letter" below:
Dear Campus Community:
As the leading foodservice provider in North America, our commitment to diversity
is reflected in the companies, partnerships, customers and associates that make
us who we are. Collectively, we have developed a positive impact within the
commercial foodservice industry and academic communities we serve through our
dedication to diversity and inclusion.
Chartwells brought the Blue Agave Mexican Grill to campus by popular demand from students. The opening was anticipated by the campus since the return of spring break.
no way was the theme associated with the grand opening meant to be negative in
any way. If the promotion used to celebrate the opening of this new eatery
offended anyone, we sincerely apologize. It was not our intent. The excitement
surrounding the opening was shared by the many guests who waited in line for
the grill to open in order to enjoy the quality global foods we are truly proud
to prepare and serve. We hope that the concept can live up to the expectations
of the many cultures it proudly represents.
We would like to share with you our Diversity and Inclusion Report which shows our
sincere commitment to the diverse clients and customers we serve. We have a
very active Diversity and Inclusion Action Council (DIAC) which supports the
needs of our diverse associates, clients and guests. The Chartwells DIAC
is dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a workforce filled with
associates from a variety of backgrounds. We respect all individuals and
embrace their differences, similarities, backgrounds, life experiences and the
cultures they represent.
We are grateful for the confidence and trust our customers place in us every day.
We will do our best to make you feel that trust is warranted.
Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services
Naturally, this sparked my curiosity, so I checked out the most likely source for additional information, and found this. I'm sort of vanilla myself over such controversies (although I definitely could have predicted this outcome), but I really dislike non-apologies of this flavor: "If the promotion used to celebrate the opening of this new eatery
offended anyone, we sincerely apologize." Sorry if you were offended? When I say something like that, I am not really intending to apologize.
Last toleration class on Thursday -- another discussion topic presents itself! A campus example such as this can change an esoteric point in the reading into something more relevant and understandable. I'm thinking specifically of this debate between Heslep and Wagner about PC and cultural disrespect (my most viewed post ever, interestingly). I think I did not mention Wagner in the old post, but his reaction to Heslep's ruminations boils down to: We should all just lighten up. (So he'd agree with the interviewed student who advised chilling).