BREAKING: Trump cabinet member to speak at Lipscomb Thursday; ‘community gathering’ planned by DSC

BREAKING: Trump cabinet member to speak at Lipscomb Thursday; ‘community gathering’ planned by DSC

A high-ranking member of U.S. President Donald Trumps’s cabinet is set to visit Lipscomb this week. Alex M. Azar II, who was sworn in as Secretary of Health and Human Services on Jan. 29, 2018, will be the keynote speaker at a special Nashville Health Care Council event on Thursday at Shamblin Theater. The member-only event begins at 11 a.m. CT and is closed to the general public and University students, but it will be available via live stream. To make room for the event in the Shamblin, MASK Chapel, which celebrates diversity and inclusion, was cancelled this week. “We are gathering and standing in solidarity with those who feel unsafe because of the presence of tomorrow’s speaker,” DSC president Leslie Garcia said. The Diverse Student Coalition has organized the gathering in Zebi’s Lounge from 10:40 – 11:40 a.m. The coalition is encouraging students to wear black to show support for students who feel unsafe by his presence. The DSC put forth a statement confirming the “gathering”: “[Azar’s] presence on this campus is a threat to our students of Latin descent, to our DACA students, to our students of color, to our students of Central and Latin American descent, and to our immigrant and refugee students . . . This is not a political protest, but rather our showing of support for students who might feel unsafe by his presence tomorrow.” During Azar’s tenure as Secretary of Health and Human Services, the HHS has played a role in the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration, detaining immigrant children after their parents were arrested for attempting to enter the country illegally. The...