GWUFA Meetings & Actions

Resist
NO CONFIDENCE RALLY: September 11, 2020

Friday 9/11 @ 12

EVENT DETAILS HERE!

Meet us at Kogan Plaza to demand that GW do better! Wear a mask and be sure to social distance. Bring signs and wear GW colors! 

Can’t join us in person? No worries, join us virtually from wherever you are! 

PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR NETWORKS, INVITE YOUR STUDENTS, AND POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA! 


Students, staff, and faculty have NO CONFIDENCE in the leadership of LeBlanc and the Board of Trustees. We are demanding the removal of LeBlanc as president of GW and for the BOT to be accountable to our community, or the whole lot has got to go!

GWUFA has been documenting the reasons GW should have no confidence in LeBlanc or the Board that hired him since before the pandemic. Even more reasons have piled up in the past month: 

  • The hiring of Heather Swain as VP of Marketing and Communications, who covered up sexual abuse of hundreds by serial predator Larry Nassar at MSU. After widespread protest, GWU announced the position would not move forward, but offered no explanation for this egregious ethical failing.
  • 100s of staff layoffs carried out inhumanely and with no clear plan as to how the University plans to continue the critical work our colleagues performed.
  • Implementing cuts to financial aid days before classes started causing students to scramble for additional funds.
  • Imperiling the University’s financial health by hiring top level administrators during a hiring freeze.
  • Waiting until August to announce that fall semester would be online and then promptly locking faculty out of their offices. 

Full connection information:

Topic: GW Deserves Better!

Time: Sep 11, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/99529403611?pwd=ampPMWJsMXNpU0FtZDlndlVTSWtzZz09

Meeting ID: 995 2940 3611

Check out our success HERE: https://gwufa.org/the-collective-effort-to-resist-staff-layoffs-pre-empt-a-pay-cut-and-rid-gw-of-bad-administrators/

MEETING FOR ALL FACULTY: August 24, 2020

Let’s Talk.

What’s been going on at GW is wild. Let’s gather so we can listen and share ideas about how to deal with the layoffs, retirement contribution suspensions, potential salary cuts, and bizarre hiring decisions the administration is enacting.

This meeting is open to ALL FACULTY. You don’t need to be a GWUFA member to join us (although we hope you’ll click here to become a Faculty Association member!)

We really look forward to seeing you all.

DATE:  MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2020
TIME:  12:00NOON – 2:00PM

PLEASE FORWARD INFO TO ANY AND ALL FACULTY AT GW.

Meeting link:
https://gwu.webex.com/gwu/j.php?MTID=m6e9d3a12afb7e43ff2d91da129acc41f
Meeting number: 120 519 7071
Password: pdWJu3MFP36

SUMMER MEMBERSHIP MEETING: June 15, 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 imposed from on high? 

Do you, like us, cringe every time you receive yet another long email from university administrators that is full of vague but ominous talk of crisis, million-dollar shortfalls, and extreme measures? 

Do you feel as disrespected as we do by a university administration that continually discounts our central contributions to the university’s mission of research and teaching? 

Does the pronouncement by Board of Trustees Chair Speights that the university’s nearly $2-billion endowment is untouchable have you as baffled as it does us? 

Are you as frustrated as we are that the university has decided by fiat that all fall classes will be held in-person, on campus, despite the health risks to faculty and our families, despite the absence of any green light from the CDC or the Washington, DC government, and under the continuously repeated threat of an undocumented $320-million shortfall? 

Yes? Good!

Help us fight back!

Join us [on WebEx] at 3pm on Monday the 15th of June for the 

Spring 2020 GWU Faculty Association Membership Meeting! 

Meeting Link:  https://gwu.webex.com/gwu/j.php?MTID=m3c40c221018faa7c696f35ea875d1db2
Meeting number:  160 106 2840
Meeting password:  XpMA3bMPj65



We’ll talk about the three issues troubling faculty this spring–

  1. the continued insecurity of contract faculty, 
  2. the demand for increased faculty raises in a future year; and 
  3. the absence of budget transparency as it relates to 
    • cronyism and the ongoing expansion of the highly paid university administration, 
    • the calculation of any pandemic shortfalls, 
    • the possibilities of layoffs, furloughs, cuts to benefits, and other extreme measures. 

And we will devise plans of action on these 3 fronts!
 

Invite your friends — to join the meeting and to join GWUFA.

FACULTY ASSEMBLY MEETING: October 22, 2019

This is urgent.

One of the principles and strengths of the university system is its bedrock systems of shared governance. At this crucial moment at GW we need to make our voices heard and exercise our right and responsibility for shared governance.Accordingly, GWUFA supported a set of 6 motions to be considered by all faculty at the next Faculty Assembly which meets at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 22 in Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st Street NW.

In order for these motions to even be considered or voted on by the Assembly, it is mandatory that at least 125 faculty members be in attendance for the entire Assembly meeting. Without 125, there will be no quorum and no votes. We urge you to attend this meeting!

Learn more here.

FALL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: September 26, 2019

Our first general meeting of the year was a huge success!

GWUFA is powered by you, and it was clear at our meeting that the GWUFA membership is prepared to make a move. The “Strategic Planning Process” launched by President LeBlanc is well underway and his top-down committees are working at a rapid pace. We got organized and are in the process of making our voices heard.

  1. Come to the Faculty Assembly on October 22, where we will challenge the top-down planning process. This is URGENT! Learn more here.
  2. Learn more about (and join) one of the subcommittees on Shared Governance, Contingent Faculty, Graduate Programs, or the Disney Culture trainings.
FACULTY TOWN HALL: March 31, 2017

MAPPING AN AGENDA FOR GW’S FUTURE WITH A NEW UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT What do you want our new university president to know? The GWU Faculty Association is gathering faculty from all units of the university to begin to articulate a collective vision and list of priorities that we can communicate with incoming university President Thomas LeBlanc. Please join us […]