The psychology professor who has been fired by her employer after she was accused of sexism says she has no regrets.
Diana Fink was a professor of psychology at Indiana University for five years until her dismissal last week, which was widely criticized by her colleagues and faculty members.
The termination came after she spoke at a faculty meeting last month and said that she was “not a feminist” and was a feminist because of the sexual violence she witnessed.
She also argued that “there’s no such thing as gender inequality in academia,” according to her Twitter bio.
The backlash quickly spread, with critics saying Fink had been fired based on her gender, and she was the first woman to be fired from a university-run department in more than a decade.
Fink did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Polygon.
The firing is just the latest in a string of faculty layoffs at Indiana, which has one of the nation’s lowest graduation rates and a low student-to-faculty ratio.
A recent report by the American Association of University Professors found that Indiana had the highest percentage of students who were either under-represented or not enrolled in four-year institutions, according to its 2014 Student Survey.
Indiana has also had to contend with a rise in the number of violent crimes in the state, which is among the highest in the nation.
The university has a long history of sexual harassment and assault.
Its president and president-elect have both faced sexual harassment allegations.
In a statement on Monday, Fink said that her dismissal was the result of a “truly sick, vile and cowardly” campaign to silence me and the thousands of others who stand with me in the fight against sexual violence and harassment.
“The University of Indianapolis has always been a place of courage and of love and acceptance, and it will always remain a place where people feel safe to come together and speak truth to power,” she wrote.
“I have no regrets and I will continue to work to ensure that every student, every faculty member and every administrator at Indiana is free to flourish, free to speak truth and create a better future for our campus.”
Fink was one of several people who spoke at the university’s annual student forum, the Indiana Student Association’s Annual Student Summit, in May.
The forum was meant to raise awareness about sexual violence on campus and to discuss issues that impact survivors of sexual violence, including mental health, suicide, sexual assault and violence against women.
Finks’ speech was a part of the event.
According to the university, Finks received her Ph.
D. in psychology in 2000 from the University of Maryland and was the second female professor at IU since 2005.