Statement from WGSS

Dear Members of the GW Community,

The faculty of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program opposes GW’s draconian approach to its current economic challenges. It includes layoffs, furloughs, an across-the-board 10% reduction in salaries, and financial aid cuts. These proposed cuts occur against the backdrop of the university having created new top administrative positions despite a supposed hiring freeze. We urge President LeBlanc, the Trustees of the University, and Senior Executive Staff to look to the models of other universities in similar positions as GWU. Instead of attacking the meager livelihoods of those carrying out the University teaching mission and of support staff that make teaching possible, consider increasing the payout (reduced by at least 1% last year) from our nearly $2 billion endowment to its 2018 level; drawing on the $300 million line of credit it recently secured; tapping its reserves of more than $200 million; and renegotiating contracts with external vendors like Blackboard. Some of these measures have already been suggested by the Faculty Senate. Why have President LeBlanc and the Board of Trustees ignored these suggestions, which would help mitigate projected budget shortfalls without forcing faculty and staff to shoulder a disproportionate financial burden? Like our colleagues in the Departments of History, Sociology, and American Studies, we “stand in solidarity with all our co-workers at GW and demand an end to the layoffs.”
Signed,
The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Published by GWUFA

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