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Wharton School community members tell Donald Trump 'you do not represent us'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a primary night news conference on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Credit: AP / Julie Jacobson

More than 2,000 students, alumni and faculty of Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania told Donald Trump “you do not represent us” in an open letter.

The Republican presidential candidate often cites his 1968 degree from the prestigious business school, but some members of the school community want Trump to leave his alma mater out of the campaign.

The letter, published on Medium, says they are “deeply disappointed” in Trump’s candidacy.

In full, the letter reads:

At the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, students are taught to represent the highest levels of respect and integrity. We are taught to embrace humility and diversity. We can understand why, in seeking America’s highest office, you have used your degree from Wharton to promote and lend legitimacy to your candidacy.

As a candidate for President, and now as the presumptive GOP nominee, you have been afforded a transformative opportunity to be a leader on national and international stages and to make the Wharton community even prouder of our school and values.

However, we have been deeply disappointed in your candidacy.

We, proud students, alumni, and faculty of Wharton, are outraged that an affiliation with our school is being used to legitimize prejudice and intolerance. Although we do not aim to make any political endorsements with this letter, we do express our unequivocal stance against the xenophobia, sexism, racism, and other forms of bigotry that you have actively and implicitly endorsed in your campaign.

The Wharton community is a diverse community. We are immigrants and children of immigrants, people of color, Muslims, Jews, women, people living with or caring for those with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community. In other words, we represent the groups that you have repeatedly denigrated, as well as their steadfast friends, family, and allies.

We recognize that we are fortunate to be educated at Wharton, and we are committed to using our opportunity to make America and the world a better place — for everyone. We are dedicated to promoting inclusion not only because diversity and tolerance have been repeatedly proven to be valuable assets to any organization’s performance, but also because we believe in mutual respect and human dignity as deeply held values. Your insistence on exclusion and scapegoating would be bad for business and bad for the American economy. An intolerant America is a less productive, less innovative, and less competitive America.

We, the undersigned Wharton students, alumni, and faculty, unequivocally reject the use of your education at Wharton as a platform for promoting prejudice and intolerance. Your discriminatory statements are incompatible with the values that we are taught and we teach at Wharton, and we express our unwavering commitment to an open and inclusive American society.

Supporters of the letter can choose to add their name. As of Monday at 12:40 a.m., there were 2,063 signatures.

The open letter has been shared on Facebook more than 2,600 times and has become a "trending topic."

Linda Myers shared the open letter on Facebook stating, “Wow! I have great respect for the students, faculty and alumni of University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and applaud you for this "Open Letter to Donald Trump," rejecting his affiliation with Wharton to further his legitimacy and publicly rejecting outrage over his bigotry.”

Darwin Sharnoff wrote on Facebook that the open letter makes him wonder many things.

How many students wrote letters of thank you for the $$$ he contributed over the years, and how much he will contribute to the school in the future,” Sharnoff wrote. “I wonder if he will be kindly disposed to hiring Wharton graduates regardless of the outcome of the election. I wonder how many students just signed the letter condemning him. I wonder why there was only one letter, rather than 1400 letters. Could the letter be the result of mass hysteria (make that social facilitation) sponsored by a small group of dissidents?”

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