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Goshen College employee writes open letter about College's hiring policy

A Goshen College employee is making a statement as she resigns from her job. She says she came out as a lesbian when she was 16, but went back in the closet to take a job at the college's library.

Tabi Berkey's last day at work at Goshen College is Friday. She says she's following an opportunity elsewhere and while the College's hiring policy isn't the only reason she's quitting, she felt she had to say something.

"No one should live in fear every time he or she goes to work or steps inside a classroom," wrote Berkey in an open letter criticizing the hiring policy at Goshen College. She writes, "I urge this administration to no longer closet their employees and to bring equality to every person on campus."

Goshen College says new employees must agree to a commitment of community standards, which includes a statement that sexual intercourse remain in a marriage, between a man and a woman.

"We are part of the Mennonite Church USA and that understanding around marriage and sexuality is part of the Mennonite confession of faith," says Director of Communications and Marketing for Goshen College, Jodi Beyeler.

Tabi says while she came out as a lesbian in High School, she was closeted again when she agreed to the policy. "I took it because I believed in GC's core values and messages of peace and justice and acceptance, and I really wanted to be a part of that," says Berkey.

She says while she enjoyed her time at Goshen College, she is newly engaged and believes now is the time to speak up. "This perspective hasn't been heard before. No other staff or faculty has come out at Goshen College," says Berkey.

The college says while the the policy is in place, there is a conversation happening on campus. "I can't predict what the future holds, but our board of directors has been in discussion about our hiring practices and they'll continue to be," says Beyeler.

The College says that they wish Tabi the best of luck and that they're grateful for her willingness to share her story and be part of the discussion on campus.

Tabi says she'll leave the campus with a heavy heart, but a hopeful one. "There's always hope," she says.
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