Statement from Sociology

The faculty of the Department of Sociology oppose the layoffs and suspension of university contributions to retirement funds implemented by the administration, as well as the proposed pay cuts and future layoffs. We also oppose the recalculation without notice of GW students’ financial aid allotments. We understand that GW faces financial challenges. Consistent with shared governance, we are open to mutually acceptable solutions that protect and enhance our commitments to teaching, research, and all members of the GW community. We know that there are other, less draconian financial solutions, several of which the Faculty Senate have proposed. These include increasing the payout from our $1.78 billion endowment, drawing on the $300 million line of credit, and using our more than $200 million in reserves. None of us will learn, teach, or research better under top-down financial precarity. As Congress demonstrated in April, we need to bolster, not eviscerate, the safety nets of our most important institutions. GW is a vital part of the social fabric. Along with our colleagues in the Departments of History, American Studies, and WGSS, we stand in solidarity with all our co-workers and students at GW and demand an end to the administration’s punitive policies that hurt the mission of the University.

Published by GWUFA

GWUFA is a grass-roots, faculty-run organization and has no official relation to the university administration or the Faculty Senate.