The resignation of Chancellor Phyllis Wise is a step in the right direction. For meaningful change, we will direct our efforts during this coming academic year toward these goals:
- To continue the struggle against racism in academics and athletics, community engagement, and college life. Sound bites delivered by upper administration are insufficient.
- To respond to AAUP censure in a manner that ensures the autonomy of departmental and college-level hiring. The commitment to governance must include representative faculty participation in all deliberation significant to university policy and administration. Any such discussion should be as transparent as possible, open to public examination.
- To achieve the reinstatement of Steven Salaita to his position as associate professor in American Indian Studies.
- To mount a vigorous defense of academic freedom, refusing the vague notion of “civility” as a standard.
- To reduce the inordinate sums spent on administration, anti-union activity, superficial branding, and legal fees related to lawsuits caused by racism and the lack of shared governance. The campus’s mission must include fair dealing with everyone in the university community, including academic and non-academic staff and their union representatives.
- To support our non-tenure track colleagues in NTFC Local 6546 as they bargain their first contract with an administration that refused even to recognize them until forced to do so by the courts.