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UBC professor takes on gender issues in president's departure

Jennifer Berdahl, Arvind Gupta, UBC

A UBC gender and diversity professor Jennifer Berdahl has shot back after she says the university tried to silence her.

On Sunday, amid a media storm of attention following the surprise resignation of UBC president Arvind Gupta, Berdahl divulged in her blog the specific events that she says have serious ramifications for freedom of speech at this academic institution.

It was the second in a one-two punch against her employer. The first was a controversial blog about the surprise change of the institution’s leadership, “Did Arvind Gupta lose the masculinity contest?

Berdahl suggested Gupta’s demise may be partly due to not fitting the mold, an issue frequently experienced by women and minorities.

"I was writing from my own personal observations of President Gupta as a leader and the culture of masculinity contest, a topic I study with others, that I witnessed at UBC," she said in her latest post.

The reaction has been swift, with hashtags like #StandwithJennifer trending on Twitter:

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