Kennedy supports those that oppose discrimination protections
Kennedy supported the appointment of Law Dean Michael McGinniss. McGinniss opposed an American Bar Association rule that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, in a 2019 publication.
Kennedy minimizes the lived experiences of racism in the US by trying to both celebrate and minimize "differences" simultaneously. He talked about having "the only full fledged afro," in high school "perhaps in the whole region." The entire speech demonstrates a severe lack of self-awareness, bookended with calls for unity without any recognition of white privilege in the midwest.
As a finalist for the University of Central Florida position, Kennedy presented a slide that references sexual orientation as "sexual preference." He refused to affirmatively say that he supports DACA students when asked directly. He was rejected by the Board of Trustees as bringing an unneccessary level of risk to the university due to his Congressional record.
By the end of his time as president, enrollment at UND had declined by 10.5%. Some measures taken to offset declines in revenue included doubling student parking ticket prices and metering other parking.
June 3, 2013
Allegedly created hostile work environment
Kennedy created a "hostile work environment" and discriminated against employees based on sexual orientation while directing George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.