VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Langara College has issued a statement after a NEWS 1130 exclusive discovered that a Surrey Councillor, who used to be an instructor at the college, attended secret post-election party for those involved with anti-SOGI campaigns.
Steven Pettigrew was a former instructor at the college, and following NEWS 1130’s story, many questioned the school’s stand on such issues.
I would also like to know this as well @langaracollege I'm a father of a transgender teenage son, in grade 12. We're in the process of making decisions about post-secondary schools. This news is shocking and scary to me! I will wait your reply.
— Brad Dirks (@BradDirks) November 9, 2018
Hey @LangaraVoice, if a school employs faculty who take a public position against measures protecting from discrimination due to gender identity or sexual orientation, is it reasonable to worry that students are impacted?
Should I be concerned @langaracollege facilitates hatred? https://t.co/awpj8OpDxN
— Morgane Oger MSM (@MorganeOgerBC) November 9, 2018
This is unacceptable. These councillors should resign, and Langara College and Autism BC should explain how these views held by their instructor (Steven Pettigrew) and Director (Laurie Guerra), respectively, fits with their values. https://t.co/Y3m97Y18cF
— PFLAG Vancouver (@pflagvancouver) November 9, 2018
— Cindy Dalglish (@CindyDalglish) November 9, 2018
But the school says Pettigrew was a contract employee in its Continuing Studies department and has not taught in Langara since January 2016.
“Langara is committed to fostering a respectful learning and working environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and violence, as per Board Policy 410, and provides protection from all the prohibited grounds of discrimination covered in the BC Human Rights Code,” read a statement tweeted by the college.