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Letter of Support from Geography Faculty

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As faculty members in the Syracuse University Department of Geography, we wish to express our support for, and solidarity with, the students sitting in at Crouse Hinds. As the occupation enters its second week, we are impressed with THE General Body’s clear articulation of what Syracuse needs to become a more just, inclusive, better university. We are impressed with THE General Body’s steadfastness. And we are particularly impressed that they have forced into open discussion across campus issues that we have long complained about, sometimes advocated for, but felt relatively powerless to address.

Like THE General Body, we insist that there needs to be much greater transparency as well as real, effective student, staff and faculty involvement in decision making, and especially in the financial operation of the University. There needs to be a greater commitment to, not an erosion of, shared governance. There needs to be a commitment by the Administration and the Board of Trustees to respect the processes and the will of the University Senate.

Like THE General Body, we are concerned about Syracuse University’s fading commitment to community-engaged research and teaching as a core part of the University’s mission. We are concerned about SU’s apparent withdrawal from its commitment to being a progressive force in the city and region (as imperfectly as that role may have been performed in the past) and its apparent recommitment to once again becoming an aloof institution in Syracuse but not of it.

Like THE General Body we agree the University must remain committed to recruiting a student body that is as diverse as it is talented, that it must remain an institution that is open, welcoming, and supportive to students from diverse backgrounds, and that it must recommit resources to assure that it is so.

Like THE General Body, we are concerned that hasty decisions, such as the one to close the Advocacy Center without real provision for continuance of its services, undermine the services and support students need to thrive at Syracuse University and threaten to make the campus both a physically and intellectually less safe space for some.

And like THE General Body, we know that the University is not a corporation and should not be run like one. The contemporary model of highly instrumentalized education is not only flawed but broken and poorly serves the teaching and research mission of the University. The single-minded pursuit of better rankings perverts the educational mission by putting the cart (faux-prestige) ahead of the horse (high quality learning, teaching, research, and creative endeavors).

We admire the students at Crouse Hinds and are impressed with what they are fighting for. We admire and support their taking of their education into their own hands because in doing so they are helping to make Syracuse University a better university than it currently is. We admire THE General Body because it is at the forefront of a new wave of students who will positively change the landscape of higher education. We call on the Syracuse University Administration to recognize THE General Body’s articulation of “needs and solutions” for what they are – symptoms of significant problems at Syracuse University – to address them with all the serious consideration they deserve, and to enunciate clearly and in writing how it will work collaboratively across campus to address them.

Signed (alphabetically),
Matt Huber
Susan Millar
Don Mitchell
Mark Monmonier
Anne Mosher
Tom Perreault
Jane Read
Jonnell Robinson
Tod Rutherford
Robert Wilson
Jamie Winders

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Syracuse Professors and Instructors Support THE General Body

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Syracuse University faculty from across the campus have added their names to a statement supporting THE General Body’s sit-in:

As faculty members and instructors at Syracuse University, we stand in support of THE General Body. We share with these students a grave concern about the “forward” direction the University is heading – a move away from core values of our community, including diversity, transparency, and shared governance. We urge fellow SU community members to support the students wholeheartedly, and we urge the SU administration not just to “listen” to their demands but to genuinely hear them, to engage in constructive dialogue that affirms the deep-seated values of our institution. Indeed, we urge the administration to agree to THE General Body’s core demands. 

If you would like to add your name, e-mail vwlloyd@syr.edu.

Matthew Huber, Assistant Professor, Geography
Vincent Lloyd, Assistant Professor, Religion
John Burdick, Professor, Anthropology
Dana Olwan, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Robin Riley, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Jeffrey Gonda, Assistant Professor, History
Joan Bryant, Associate Professor, African American Studies
Stephen Parks, Associate Professor, Writing Program
Micere Githae Mugo, Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, African American Studies
Prema Kurien, Professor, Sociology
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Distinguished Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
James Williams, Adjunct Professor, College of Law
Janis Mayes, Associate Professor, African American Studies
Ivy Kleinbart, Instructor, Writing Program
Gretchen Purser, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Donna Marsh, Instructor, Writing Program
Kimberly Johnson, Instructor, Food Studies
Pedro DiPietro, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Afua Boahene, Adjunct Professor, Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Jessica Posner, Instructor, Transmedia
Emily Dressing, Instructor, Writing Program
Minnie Bruce Pratt, Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Tod Rutherford, Professor, Geography
Bonnie Ryan, Associate Librarian, Library
M. Gail Hamner, Professor, Religion
Janis McDonald, Professor, College of Law
Don Mitchell, Distinguished Professor, Geography
Margaret Thompson, Associate Professor, History
Cathy Engstrom, Associate Professor, School of Education
Sally Wagner, Adjunct Faculty, Honors Program
Marcelle Haddix, Dean’s Associate Professor, School of Education
Harriet Brown, Associate Professor, Newhouse School of Public Communication
Zachary Braiterman, Professor, Religion
Vivian May, Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Amy Kallander, Associate Professor, History
Beth Ferri, Professor, School of Education
George Theoharis, Associate Professor, School of Education
Jackie Orr, Associate Professor, Socioloogy
Diane Grimes, Associate Professor, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Evan Weissman, Assistant Professor, Food Studies
Paula Johnson, Professor, College of Law
Carol Fadda-Conrey, Associate Professor, English
Diane Swords, Instructor, Intergroup Dialogue
Barbara Applebaum, Professor, School of Education
Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Assistant Professor, Food Studies
Lori Brown, Associate Professor, Architecture
Tula Goenka, Associate Professor, Newhouse School of Public Communication
Mario Rios Perez, Assistant Professor, School of Education
Erin Murphy, Instructor College of Visual and Performing Arts
Eileen Schell, Associate Professor, Writing Program
Cecilia Green, Associate Professor, Sociology
Jesse Nissim, Facutly Fellow, Humanities
Molly Voorheis, Instructor, Writing Program
Rae Ann Meriwether, Instructor, Writing Program
Ryan McClure, Instructor, Writing Program
Devon Moore, Instructor, Writing Program
Kishi Animashaun Ducre, Associate Professor, African American Studies
Erin Mullikin, Instructor, Writing Program
Douglas MacDonald, Adjunct Lecturer, Sociology
Caitlin McLaughlin, Instructor, Writing Program
Himika Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Vanessa Lynn Watts, Instructor, Writing Program
Hille Paakkunainen, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Susan Edmunds, Professor, English
Donald Morton, Professor, English
Tom Perreault, Professor, Geography
Steven Cohan, Professor Emeritus, English
Kwame Dixon, Assistant Professor, African American Studies
Kim Frost, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Roger Hallas, Associate Professor, English
Amy Lutz, Associate Professor, Sociology
Robert Wilson, Associate Professor, Geography
Tyler Dorholt, Instructor, Writing Program
Philip Arnold, Associate Professor, Religion
John Colasacco, Instructor, Writing Program
Jeffrey Simmons, Instructor, Writing Program
Joanne Waghorne, Professor, Religion
Erin Rand, Assistant Professor, Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Robert Bogdan, Emeritus Professor, Sociology and Disability Studies
Kicia Sears, Instructor, Writing Program
Ernest Wallwork, Professor, Religion
Myrna Garcia-Calderon, Associate Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ann Gold, Thomas J. Watson Professor, Religion
Christina Limpert, Instructor, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Harvey Teres, Dean’s Professor, English
Georgepierre Lebron, Instructor, Writing Program
Wendy Harbour, Laurence B. Taishoff Professor, School of Education
Linda Carty, Associate Professor, African American Studies
Alicia Rios, Associate Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Herbert Ruffin, Associate Professor, African American Studies
Anne Osborne, Associate Professor, Newhouse School of Public Communications
Dawn Johnson, Associate Professor, School of Education
Jules Gibbs, Instructor, English
Mark Rupert, Professor, Political Science
Alan Foley, Associate Professor, School of Education
Mara Sapon-Shevin, Professor, School of Education
Joanna Spitzner, Associate Professor, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Maureen Fitzsimmons, Instructor, Writing Program
Sarah Pralle, Associate Professor, Political Science

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