The University of Texas at Arlington’s Hall of Flags was established
to celebrate the diversity of the engineering school’s student body.
These flags were not intended to endorse the politics or policies of any
nation. As part of this display, the Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom
Flag represented our Vietnamese-American students and the flag of the
Socialist Republic of Vietnam represented our international students
Recently, a heated controversy emerged when Vietnamese-American
students and their community strongly protested the flag of the
Socialist Republic of Vietnam, viewing it as a political symbol.
As a result, I have removed all 123 flags from the Hall of Flags. A
cooling off period is needed for thoughtful reflection. In the fall I
will establish a committee to explore alternative means to celebrate the
diversity of our student body.
Our ultimate goal remains fostering a strong sense of community among
all our students, including all our international students. We must
never forget that a public university is a special institution that
respects all individuals and embraces diversity.
James D. Spaniolo
The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.