Sheryl Wesley, who graduated from Howard in 1996, said she was taken aback by Rashad’s comments.
“She now has a responsibility to a body of students and in particular women students,” Wesley said. “She should not feel comfortable to immediately release her personal relief of someone who she considers a friend, but who was convicted of crimes against women. Without concern she openly supported him without considering the institution she has graduated from, and now represents and women who have been victimized.”...
Wesley’s perspective captured the tenor of many students and alums of one of the most renowned historically Black colleges in the country who took to social media to rebuke their fellow graduate.
Alicia Sanchez posted on Twitter: “As a Howard School of Fine Arts alum, and as a survivor," she said, she found the tweet "disappointing. I hope we can have a dean who believes and respects survivors.”