GWuFA Missives

A GW Pledge to Act for the Common Good

On June 4th, the GWU Faculty Association received confirmation in an email from President LeBlanc that senior leadership believes layoffs at GW cannot be avoided. While layoffs have yet to be officially announced, such an announcement is seemingly imminent. Our friends in the senate tell us that there are administration task forces considering both facultyContinue reading “A GW Pledge to Act for the Common Good”

pssst…

There is no financial crisis at GW (pass it on) Since our last meeting and communication about the Faculty Association’s pledge, we’ve received requests for talking points about GW’s financial situation. We share these points below. For those of you who have signed, we hope these points help you keep your commitment to stop layoffs.Continue reading “pssst…”

LeBlanc has confirmed there will be layoffs. Now is the time for each of us to fight them in every way we can.

We have received some very alarming information from President LeBlanc. On Thursday, in a response to our email of May 18, LeBlanc wrote to us that “we won’t be able to continue to avoid layoffs any longer.” We reproduce President LeBlanc’s email and our own response below. As you know, and as we wrote toContinue reading “LeBlanc has confirmed there will be layoffs. Now is the time for each of us to fight them in every way we can.”

On Race and Diversity at GW

In his May 31st message on the Black Lives Matter protests, President LeBlanc assured the university community that he looks forward to “working together—harnessing the power of the community that comprises this great institution—to address racism and injustice on our campus and in our society.” We charge LeBlanc and the GW Board of Trustees toContinue reading “On Race and Diversity at GW”

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Summer Membership Meeting June 15th, 2020!

Are you, like us, pissed off that the GW administration continues to announce transformational plans for the university without consulting in good faith the faculty or other members of the university community?  Are you as irritated as we are by the administration’s continued farce of shared governance, with its manufactured committees composed of hand-picked faculty members with marching orders imposedContinue reading “Summer Membership Meeting June 15th, 2020!”

The crisis at GW is not in its finances but its administration

Many of you may have already seen the “Financial Update” presented to the Finance and Investments Committee of the Board of Trustees on May 14, 2020. We are writing first and foremost because we think everyone should have access to this document, and you can find it attached to this message. Ideally, the administration wouldContinue reading “The crisis at GW is not in its finances but its administration”

On the BLACK LIVES MATTER Protests

The GWU Faculty Association endorses the statement issued by the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement regarding the ongoing police violence and structural assaults on black people. We support the Black Lives Matter protests in Washington, DC and around the nation. We commend the GW Student Association for sharing with the campus community a list ofContinue reading “On the BLACK LIVES MATTER Protests”

Public Comment on Divestment

Great News! Dear GWUFA Members,  Yesterday, we received an incredible update regarding the student-led campaign for divestment that GWUFA endorsed in early February. The task force on Environmental, Social and Governance Responsibility is recommending that GW “commit to divest the university endowment from all public and private securities of companies that focus on the extraction of fossil fuels by 2025.” ThisContinue reading “Public Comment on Divestment”

A 6-8% Raise for ALL Faculty

Last week the GWU Faculty Association sent a letter to President LeBlanc requesting a 6%-8% raise in a future year, once the university has recovered any financial losses from the pandemic and operations have returned to normal. While our priority remains preventing any layoffs or furloughs, we are also concerned that the present, temporary crisis,Continue reading “A 6-8% Raise for ALL Faculty”

Florida cronyism and the projected budget crisis at GW

19 May 2020 Dear GWUFA Members,   No doubt many of you have been thinking about LeBlanc’s vague but ominous warning on May 11th that, because compensation makes up a “significant share of our budget, we will have to make personnel decisions that affect all of us.” LeBlanc’s announcement followed on heels of the May 8thContinue reading “Florida cronyism and the projected budget crisis at GW”

GWUFA demands fair treatment for contract faculty–Member Action Items

11 May 2020 Dear Colleagues, Two weeks ago we sent a letter to Provost Blake, asking whether he would extend the same automatic extensions to contract faculty that GW has given to tenure track faculty. We have not yet received a response, and we will continue to press him, especially now that the administration isContinue reading “GWUFA demands fair treatment for contract faculty–Member Action Items”

How Will GW Spend $9.1 Million from Federal Government?

The George Washington University is receiving more than $9 million in federal pandemic-related relief. Given the challenging economic situation GW is facing, we believe it is important that our membership understand the stipulations of this aid, and that University leadership respond to our questions and concerns.  The following highlights aspects of this legislation that weContinue reading “How Will GW Spend $9.1 Million from Federal Government?”

March 4, 2020: Letter from GW Board Chair to GW Faculty

Dear Members of the GW Faculty: Following months of planning and debate, we thought it important to share some reflections on the strategic planning process and our renewed commitments to you and the George Washington University community. We have listened and heard your concerns, and together, we commit to meaningful communication and consultation with theContinue reading “March 4, 2020: Letter from GW Board Chair to GW Faculty”

GWUFA Petition for LeBlanc’s Resignation

February 26, 2020 We, the undersigned George Washington University faculty, call on Thomas LeBlanc to resign from his position as president of our university. Our demand gains its urgency from the racist remarks made by President LeBlanc and his insufficient apology (here and here). We understand LeBlanc’s comment to be just the latest evidence ofContinue reading “GWUFA Petition for LeBlanc’s Resignation”

GWUFA Petition for LeBlanc’s Resignation

February 26, 2020 We, the undersigned George Washington University faculty, call on Thomas LeBlanc to resign from his position as president of our university. Our demand gains its urgency from the racist remarks made by President LeBlanc and his insufficient apology (here and here). We understand LeBlanc’s comment to be just the latest evidence ofContinue reading “GWUFA Petition for LeBlanc’s Resignation”

Divest GW from Fossil Fuels

GW students are taking to the streets to demand divestment from fossil fuels. They delivered a letter to President LeBlanc, and then marched to his house to protest GW’s investments in the destruction of the climate. GW invests 3% of its endowment in fossil fuels. GWUFA issued a statement in support, and also explained theContinue reading “Divest GW from Fossil Fuels”

GWUFA Statement on LeBlanc’s Racial Comments

GW President Thomas LeBlanc made a stunning comment to a student activist this week that explained his opposition to cutting ties to the fossil-fuel friendly Regulatory Studies Center by comparing student demands to divest from fossil fuels and cut ties to the Center to a hypothetical plan to kill all the African American students atContinue reading “GWUFA Statement on LeBlanc’s Racial Comments”

Nov. 7, 2019: Disney culture article in the Chronicle

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a detailed article about the Disney Culture initiative. As the article makes clear, GW faculty who are concerned about this program are not saying that we shouldn’t improve GW’s environment: we like responsive and empowered staff, respect for everyone, a shared sense of supporting the educational and research missionContinue reading “Nov. 7, 2019: Disney culture article in the Chronicle”