New Leadership for McGill
  • Petitioned Heather Munroe-Blum's Resignation

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Resignation of Heather Munroe-Blum
Heather Munroe-Blum's Resignation

New Leadership for McGill

    1. Ted Led
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      Ted Led

      Chicago, United Arab Emirates

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Students, Staff, Faculty, Administrators, Alumni and Parents of the McGill Community,

We are calling for the resignation of Heather Munroe-Blum as principal of McGill University.

Ms. Munroe-Blum has antagonized McGill's community, refusing to address problems at all levels of university life, ultimately inviting the use of force against those who disagree with a poorly-communicated and otherwise condemnable agenda.

Ms. Munroe-Blum has proven an incompetent leader as funds dwindle, services diminish, and student experience worsens. In times of crisis and everyday life alike, Ms. Munroe-Blum is absent from the discussion, preferring to unilaterally undermine community members' efforts at dialogue through force and intimidation. The prolonged absence of leadership and direction has created rifts within the McGill community and put students and staff at risk.

The McGill community deserves a different kind of leadership, one that embraces democracy. We are a community composed of passionate, capable students, staff, and professors who respect the pursuit of sometimes conflicting interests. We see that one group's grief increases another's, until the community ceases to function. Ms. Munroe-Blum has acted divisively, turning us against one another in hopes of deflecting blame from the administration. By listening to others' voices, we all stand to gain. A school should be an environment that fosters meaningful dialogue, compromise, and empathy. McGill should inspire us to engage with current economic and political instability in a positive manner. But the precedent set by the administration has only encouraged consent to authoritarianism and negligence of diversity. Community members who see their betterment in their own hands have been tokenized or ignored, despite the responsibility we owe to critically engage in the administration of our education.

We want to be proud of our school. We no longer believe in the current principal's capacity to deliver the promise of a worthy education. A leader is responsible for balancing the interests to which each group is entitled, and the principal has utterly failed to do so. The use of force to avoid a necessary discussion shows that administrators have effectively relinquished their place in the community. We see an opening for change that will only begin when this principal steps down to clear the way for a frank discussion about the challenges we must overcome together. The administration cannot forget that we must all be part of the solution. This is our action: We demand that Ms. Munroe-Blum immediately resign from her position as principal of McGill University.

Sincerely,

Ted Ledford & Daniel Smith,  U3 Students

 

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    News

    1. Addressing Objections and Concerns: Can a McGill principal really lead?

      Ted Led
      by Ted Led
      Petition Organizer

      4. McGill is too big for one principal - Responding to CBC host Mike Finnerty's mention of the petition and the principal as "focal point" for dissent, HMB responded that, in a community of over 50,000 members, "The notion of a conversation between the principal and the entire university community is one that you can imagine is not highly feasible." Munroe-Blum did mention that engagement should occur at a "local level," within departments and faculties, and at "the university level" without acknowledging that her own coordination is instrumental. Leadership is rare, in high demand, and deserves just compensation, but Munroe-Blum does not offer its promise. If she cannot fulfill the position with efficacy, she should resign.

      We appreciate these criticisms and continue to learn why this petition matters

    2. Addressing Objections and Concerns: What's with these wild opinions?

      Ted Led
      by Ted Led
      Petition Organizer

      3. Signatories' reasons on the petition site annoy me - Everyone is entitled to their own expectations of what the direction and leadership of our school will be. The petition was started so these expectations could find their own audiences within the community.

    3. Addressing Objections and Concerns: Won't this preclude structural change?

      Ted Led
      by Ted Led
      Petition Organizer

      2. It will do nothing to effect structural change - But it could assist it. Demanding HMB's resignation sends a message that the status quo is unacceptable. Whoever succeeds her will know that they are held to a higher standard. Should mediocrity and failure persist, the need for structural change will be all the more evident.

    4. Addressing Objections and Concerns: Is this "moderate"?

      Ted Led
      by Ted Led
      Petition Organizer

      We have heard several objections to the petition since it began three days ago. People are rightfully pessimistic - McGill suffers from a crisis of leadership, and the objections reflect that. The major ones:

      1. It does not reflect the positions of "moderate" students - this was raised by Prof. J. Levy on Twitter (@jtlevy). The petition's statement stands free of divisive ideological ties. The aim is to create an opening that invites the articulation and understanding of what a moderate position might be. Moderation is a needed part of the discussion, and should not be misconstrued as apathy. A prof. leading a 600-person lecture is responsible for teaching that apathy hinders engagement in one's education.

    5. CBC Daybreak HMB Interview

      Ted Led
      by Ted Led
      Petition Organizer

      CBC Host Mike Finnerty mentions petition, the principal dodges

    6. Reached 250 signatures

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    • J W SACRAMENTO, CA
      • over 2 years ago
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    • john parkinson VAUDREUIL, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      husband of a striker. and I see from a far that she is beening used. and Heather M. B. has hired and fired top personal even at the request of the provincial Gourv. she still gave a buyout. at a crasey sum

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    • Pasha Javadi VERDUN, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      McGill became a dictatorship system that abuse their power against not only the student but also the employee and even the Professors. Such a underdeveloped attitude is shameful for one of the best north American institution.

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    • Sameer Arshad KITCHENER, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am alumnus of McGill University and I am disgusted by what happened during the student protest. Calling riot police into the campus that belongs to students is absolutely unacceptable. I am convinced that those university staff who felt threatened when wanting to go home would have been allowed to go home without trouble.

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    • Kate Dumoulin TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      McGill needs to refocus on education and students rather than on appearances and implementing business models at all costs. This administration has presided over a disintegration of the principles of academic freedom.

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