Stop the proposed recommendation to eliminate the Sociology Department.
  • Petitioned Chancellor Nelms

This petition was delivered to:

Chancellor Nelms

Stop the proposed recommendation to eliminate the Sociology Department.

    1. Shawn  Trimble
    2. Petition by

      Shawn Trimble

      Durham, NC

The Sociology Department is a core and vital entity at North Carolina Central University and should remain an autonomous curriculum.

To:
Chancellor Nelms
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Chancellor Nelms.

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Stop the proposed recommendation to eliminate the Sociology Department.

The Sociology Department is a core and vital entity at North Carolina Central University and should remain an autonomous curriculum.
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Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

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    1. Thank You!

      Shawn  Trimble
      Petition Organizer

      I am relieved that the process is over and I congratulate Chancellor Nelms on his victory. It has been said that, ‘trust will settle every problem now’. It is with this consciousness that I move forward knowing that under the leadership of Chancellor Nelms all is well. With trust, I now lay the movement to rest. I am complete! The experience has been rich and I am grateful that I said yes” to the opportunity to be a part of this incredible journey.

      I could not have done it without you! Thank you! Thank you for supporting a cause that could not have survived without you. Thank you for rallying behind Sociology. From one signature that started in January, folks from around the county are still signing the petition. Wow!

      Political change really does require our participation. I encourage you to continue following the issues that are important to you. One movement will support another movement!
      With Love,
      Shawn Trimble
      shawntrimble@live.com/shawn.m.trimble@facebook.com

    2. The Sociology Program has been eliminated at NCCU!

      Shawn  Trimble
      Petition Organizer

      “The UNC Board of Governors approved North Carolina Central University’s comprehensive academic restructuring program. This program includes the merging, restructuring elimination or consolidation of 14 programs and formally establishes the College of Arts and Science in an effort to enhance our quality, competiveness and efficiency. The implementation of these changes will include a teach out plan for all students who are impacted.

      We remain focused on our main priority—student success—and this restructuring program will enable us to build stronger degree programs.

      I would like to thank the entire NCCU campus community, particularly the Program Review and Restructuring Commission, for their important work throughout the process.”

      Charlie Nelms 6-15-12

    3. What did you do once you knew?

      Shawn  Trimble
      Petition Organizer

      What did you do... by Drew Dellinger

      It's 3:23 in the morning and I'm awake
      because my great, great, grandchildren won't let me sleep.
      My great, great, grandchildren ask me in dreams
      what did you do while the planet was plundered?
      what did you do when the earth was unraveling?
      surely you did something when the seasons started failing
      as the mammals, reptiles and birds were all dying?
      did you fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen?
      what did you do
      once
      you
      knew

    4. New Movement! The Face of Sociology Protest

      Shawn  Trimble
      Petition Organizer

      Greetings,
      In honoring the legacy of sociologists around the world, it is my intention to organize a non-violent, peaceful protest in response to Chancellor Nelms recommendation.

      The Face of Sociology Protest
      June 14, 2012
      10:00-12:00
      UNC Board of Governors Meeting

      The mission is the spread awareness of the importance of Sociology as an autonomous discipline. Not just on the campus of NCCU, but across campuses everywhere.

      The vision is that through the combined efforts and support of students, faculty, staff, and supporters, that the UNC Board of Governors will disapprove the proposal to discontinue the Sociology Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree programs.

      Together we can create an impact of change in favor of Sociology. Thank you for your continued support, perseverance, persistence, and courage! We are the faces of Sociology and through us the rich legacy of this needed discipline in our society lives on.
      In solidarity,
      Shawn

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Board Of Governors meeting scheduled for April 13, 2012

      Shawn  Trimble
      Petition Organizer

      Greetings,

      The petition is still active! We are up to 133 signatures.

      The last comment came from Ned Yellig in Raleigh who wrote:

      “We need more not fewer social service professionals in this complicated world.”

      The University Of North Carolina Board Of Governors meeting is scheduled for April 13, 2012.
      For more information on the meeting schedule or for the list of the Board Members to send letters to, please visit: https://www.northcarolina.edu/bog/schedule.php.

      Keep the momentum alive!
      Shawn

    7. Board voted to eliminate Sociology

      Shawn  Trimble
      Petition Organizer

      Last week, on February 21, 2012, a day before the expected outcome, the Board of Trustees of North Carolina Central University voted to eliminate five degree programs including the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in sociology. (Read more here and join the discussion: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/02/23/1877279/nccu-to-phase-out-5-degrees.html#story_tab_comments#storylink=cpy)

    8. What can you do? Silent Protest/March this Thursday at 10:30

      Shawn  Trimble
      Petition Organizer

      Reminder:
      Our silent protest/march is this Thursday at 10:30 where we will begin gathering on the 3rd floor of the Edmonds.

      What can you do?

      · Be present on Thursday! Walk with us!

      · Bring your homemade signs that reflect how you feel. Be creative! If you have time, make an additional sign for others who may not be able to.

      · Invite your friends to participate.

      · Use the blackboard messaging center on campus to spread the word. This is an area where we could really have an impact.

      Write letters to Chancellor Nelms

      · Continue to share the petition with your friends, teachers, family, and alumni.

      · Spread the word through your social media network

      · If you have any media contacts, let them know too!

      Aimee Williams and I are putting together a fact sheet/talking points that will raise more awareness of this issue.
      Continued Blessings,
      Shawn

    9. Silent Protest Scheduled for 2-16-12

      Shawn  Trimble
      Petition Organizer

      Hi Everyone,
      Thank you again for your participation in what could be a historical movement from our generation. Our voices are being heard! I am still confident that there will be an end to the proposed recommendation to eliminate the Sociology Department.

      On next Thursday, February 16, 2012, join me and fellow students, faculty, staff, and other supporters as we march against the proposed recommendation to eliminate Sociology at NCCU.

      At the 10:40 break, we will meet at the Sociology Department on campus and march down along Fayetteville, past administration, through campus, and back to Edmonds. As powerful as we are, this will be a powerfully SILENT protest as we maintain our professionalism and respect through this process.

      Let your signs express your passion for this department and/or your feelings about Chancellor Nelms recommendations. Bring your cameras, videos, and invite your friends to join in.

      For more info: gfchappell@gmail.com

      Continued Blessings,
      Shawn

    10. Listening Forum Tonight

      Shawn  Trimble
      Petition Organizer

      Hi All,

      We have reached 113 signatures! On Today, I will present the petition and the collective remarks that you have shared to the Faculty Senate's last listening forum which begins at 6:30pm in the Alfonso Elder Student Union.

      Our voices are important! If you can, please come out to support the effort. If you have not already done so and for those of you who are not able to attend the forum, will you consider sharing your thoughts of why you chose to sign the petition in the comment section of the petition's home page.

      Also, if you have any suggestions, comments, or questions that would be beneficial for this evening's forum, please email me at: shawntrimble@live.com.

      Keep the momentum alive! This movement would not have been possible without your support. Keep circulating it as the progressive work continues.

      Blessings,
      Shawn

    11. 1st Goal of 100 Signatures Reached and No response from Chancellor Nelms

      Shawn  Trimble
      Petition Organizer

      1st Goal of 100 Signatures Reached!

      On Wednesday, I wrote:
      Good Evening Chancellor Nelms,

      I pray that this message finds you well. My name is Shawn Trimble and I am a Sociology student here at North Carolina Central University.

      On Monday, January 23, after hearing of the proposed recommendation to eliminate the Sociology Department at , I started a petition calling for you to:

      "Stop the proposed recommendation to eliminate the Sociology Department."

      As of 4:22pm today, there are 86 signatures on the following petition along with 16 comments from various individuals expressing why they chose to sign.

      Please consider the empirical findings along with other facts that support that the Sociology Department is a core and vital entity at North Carolina Central University and should remain an autonomous curriculum. It would be devastating to the foundation of this University if you proceed with the recommended proposal.

      Thank you for calling your attention to this matter.
      Sincerely

    12. Reached 100 signatures
    13. Day 3 Communication

      Shawn  Trimble
      Petition Organizer

      Good Morning All, People say, "What is the sense of our small effort?" They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. Dorothy Day

      It's day 3 and we are up to 83 signed petitions! Today I am asking for your input and suggestions on ways that we can communicate the petition to the student body since I have yet to hear from the office of student government. We will move forward!

      A reporter from the campus echo has asked for an interview regarding my thoughts on the Chancellor's proposal. I will likely meet with him on tomorrow. If any of you would like to contribute to the interview, please let me know.

      In the meantime, share the petition with your friends and others in your circle to keep the momentum going.

      Blessings,
      Shawn

    14. Letter to the President and Vice President of the Student Government

      Shawn  Trimble
      Petition Organizer

      I recently sent the following email to the President and Vice President of the SGA:

      Greetings President and Vice President,

      On yesterday I reached out to you for support regarding a request to share a petition with my fellow classmates, alumni, and others regarding the proposed recommendation to eliminate the Sociology Department.

      Since I have not heard back from you, today, I am reaching out again with the hopes that you will support me in my efforts to communicate this information with the student body so that they are given a choice to participate in this urgent matter.

      Thank you in advance for your support!
      Sincerely,
      Shawn Trimble

    15. Reached 50 signatures
    16. Update and Listening Forum Schedule

      Shawn  Trimble
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for signing the petition.

      Let's keep the momentum going! We are now at the 30 mark and I am confident that together we will surpass the goal of 100 signatures and put an end to the proposed recommendation to eliminate the Sociology Department.

      As this progressive movement continues, I will present the petition and the culminating remarks that you have shared to the Faculty Senate's listening forum on January 31 beginning at 6:30pm. I encourage those of you who can attend, to be present as I believe that change requires our participation.

      If you are not able to attend the January 31st forum, here is the schedule:

      Hubbard – Totten Auditorium
      Thursday, January 26 — 8:45 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
      Monday, January 30 — 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
      Alfonso Elder Student Union
      Monday, January 23 — 6:30 p.m. – 8:30p.m.
      Tuesday, January 31 — 6:30 p.m. –
      8 p.m.

      Thanks Again. I will send another update once I reach the goal of 100!
      Power to the People
      Blessings,
      Shawn

    17. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • R L CONNEAUT, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      Sociology questions the ideology that most disciplines buy into. Furthermore, we live in society everyday--it's our everyday reality! Without society/culture, we're nothing (i.e. think of feral children). Questions about social relations and society require social investigation, and there is no better equipped discipline than sociology to answer those questions.

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    • barbara risman CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      This is a department that has sent strong students to Ph.d. departments, including North Carolina State University, where I was once the Director of Graduate STudies in Sociology. This is a strong sociology department that continues to help diversify the professoriate. It should continue to be supported by NCCU.

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    • Lori Brown RALEIGH, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing because Sociology matters. You cannot truly understand the world around you without it.

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    • Claudia Gil BROWNSVILLE, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Sociology student do not receive enough support as other fields do, why should a departement that is essential to the students be eliminated? This is a science just as important as any other.

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    • Carol Zylbert CHAPEL HILL, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      A major university without a sociology department? Really?

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