Women’s March in Eugene

United Academics activists will gather at the courthouse. Look for the UA banner and join us!

From the Facebook event description: On January 21, 2017, in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington, we will unite in Eugene, Oregon standing together in solidarity with our families and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our community – recognizing that our diversity is the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us-women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths, particularly Muslim, Native and Indigenous people, people who identify as LGBTQIA, people of color, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished, and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully, while recognizing that there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.

This is an INCLUSIVE march, and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights is welcome.

The March will begin at Noon on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The meet up location is the Federal Building in downtown Eugene (Wayne Lyman Morse Unites States Courthouse, 405 E 8th Ave). Speakers will be presenting at the start of the March. The March will then progress through the streets of downtown Eugene to the final venue, the WOW Hall at 291 W. 8th Avenue. The route will be approximately 0.6 miles. There will be organizations with tables set up at the WOW Hall facility where participants can engage in learning about and networking with Eugene community organizations.

We encourage ridesharing and taking public transportation to the March.

Parking information:

Free parking is located at Parcade (7th and Willamette), Overpark (Oak and 10th) and The Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Willamette and 6th/7th St). Additional parking at the Campbell Community Center (1st and High Street) and Skinner’s Butte Park, and on-street parking in the park.


United Academics Statement on Use of Blackface

Dear Colleagues,

The Executive Council of United Academics condemns the use of blackface as inherently racist. We find such actions anathema to our aspirations for a just community at the University of Oregon. We furthermore believe all faculty, in our bargaining unit or not, are entitled to a fair hearing and hope that any actions – including any suspension from duties – in response to allegations of misconduct or unethical behavior will be undertaken according to established procedures of due process and, under our CBA, with just cause. We object to any administrative actions that violate these rights.

Like many, we do not have details or a full understanding of the recent incident, but regardless, the use of blackface evokes America’s racist history in a way that understandably offends and harms many in our community. When a white person puts on blackface, they invoke a history of brutality against black bodies as though the white person were putting on black skin for entertainment. The revulsion in this is found across a spectrum of racially discriminatory and violent actions, from the many racist media stereotypes of people of color to the horror of lynchings. For someone to evoke this history without being corrected by others is a collective harm that degrades all of us. Such actions damage the trust, respect, and safety we seek in a diverse community regardless of how they may have been intended.

Unfortunately, violation of our cherished values at the University of Oregon is not uncommon. We cannot pretend that putting on blackface, as shocking as it may be, is not connected to larger patterns of racism, hostility, and intimidation continually faced by students, faculty, and staff of color at the UO and in the broader community.

We face great challenges ahead in diversifying the campus and in overcoming our racist past and our racist present. We urge our administration to engage all members of our campus community in cultivating a path forward that does not compromise faculty rights to a fair investigation and due process. United Academics is ready to engage with these efforts to build a better, more just University of Oregon.

The Executive Council of United Academics

Cherríe Moraga: Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights & Civil Liberties

Our friends at the Center for Women in Society are sponsoring a visit from Cherríe Morgana. From their Facebook page:

CSWS is honored and thrilled to announce that esteemed and iconic Chicana writer, feminist activist, poet, essayist, and playwright Cherríe Moraga will deliver our keynote Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties!

Join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 at the Erb Memorial Union on the UO campus for her keynote address. (She will also lead an activist methods workshop for faculty and graduate students from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 14 at the Many Nations Longhouse; an RSVP is required for that event)

Maestra Moraga has been an artist-in-residence at the Stanford University Department of Theater and Performance Studies and in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity for nearly twenty years. A poet, playwright-director, writer-essayist, educator, and cultural activist, she is also the co-editor of the seminal anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which won the Before Columbus American Book Award in 1986. She is the recipient of the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature, the American Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Lambda Foundation’s “Pioneer” award, among many other honors.

Brown University and Family-Friendly Scheduling

Family-Friendly Scheduling

Union activist Debbie Green passed on a memo from the Brown University administration reminding Department Chairs and Program Directors that evening meetings and events cause problems for many faculty, especially junior faculty and women faculty members. Read the full memo.

Best Practices for Chairs and Directors

Recognize that 5:30 is not a time at which "everyone is free."

Acknowledge the challenges (logistically, financially, and interpersonally) that 5:30 events and late afternoon teaching blocks pose to faculty with family responsibilities.

Distinguish between programming meant to serve the broader community and programming meant to bolster the research capacity of the faculty. Programming in the latter category should happen during the workday.

Vary the times of workshops, seminars, and lectures so that the same people are not perpetually excluded.

Accommodate faculty with family responsibilities by creating opportunities for workday interactions (e.g. coffees, lunches) with visiting scholars. In particular, make sure that junior faculty with family responsibilities do not miss the professional development or networking opportunities essential for tenure.

Enfranchise faculty by making sure that departmental governance and other essential activities take place during the workday.

Advocate for family-friendly policies, including efforts to reconfigure the scheduling grid with new seminar times.