Reinstate the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, fully funded and staffed.
  • Petitioning University of South Carolina Upstate Chancellor Dr. Thomas Moore

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University of South Carolina Upstate Chancellor Dr. Thomas Moore

Reinstate the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, fully funded and staffed.

    1. AJ Jones
    2. Petition by

      AJ Jones

      Louisville, KY

The Center for Women's and Gender Studies at USC Upstate will be closed effective July 1. This administrative decision is, we believe, short-sighted and devalues the students who found their community in the Center's space. From innovative programming that expanded the horizons of knowledge for students, to creating a space with an inclusive and supportive climate, the Center met many needs that are not met elsewhere on campus. The Center has been a space where academic rigor was encouraged, both in classroom settings and more broadly in the community. It has been a space for students to find their voice, to hone their skills, and to meet others and develop a community of affirming peers. Closing the Center will undoubtably change the climate for many marginalized populations on campus, specifically women and gender or sexual minority students.

Learn more about the decision here: http://goo.gl/nlG8pk

To:
University of South Carolina Upstate Chancellor Dr. Thomas Moore
Reinstate the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, fully funded and staffed.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Direct Action Day TOMORROW! Wed. May 21

      AJ Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Local direct action planned for tomorrow. Learn more here: http://goo.gl/cTcgVK

      From 10:00 AM EST to 2:00 PM EST, we encourage folks to show solidarity with the folks during their direct action. By posting and sharing on FB, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr. By emailing Chancellor Moore. By calling to make sure that the administration hears the voices of those who are deeply affected by this issue. You can call 864-503-5200 or 864-503-5000 (switchboard). Please be courteous and clear about your message. Here is a sample of what that call might sound like:
      Hello, my name is ____________. I am a faculty/staff/alum/community member. I am calling today to let the administrative decision makers at USC Upstate know that I am troubled by the announcement of the closing of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. I think it is important to consider changing this decision because ___________________________________. Thank you for your time. Have a nice day.

      USC Upstate students plan to protest closing of center; Chancellor Moore responds

      As USC Upstate students prepare to protest last week's closing of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies Center on campus, Chancellor Tom Moore announced that administrators are exploring ways to create a new center. University of South Carolina Upstate officials announced $450,000 in changes and cuts to programs May 13 to save money, including closing its Center for Women's and Gender Studies.

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
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    • Lea Sharpton SPARTANBURG, SC
      • 25 days ago

      As a transwoman, it's just important to me.

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    • Jennifer Nunez FRESNO, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      The future of the country is dependent on a critical view of gender, socioeconomic status, and many other analyses that women's and gender studies look at.

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    • Mary Waalkes WAYNESBORO, VA
      • 3 months ago

      After studying Women's Studies at my University, I felt that every student who took these courses became more compassionate and well-rounded adult.

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    • Dr. Aaron Rose-Milavec CINCINNATI, OH
      • 3 months ago

      Gender Studies are the more health-giving soul medicine for our times. See catherinecollege.net.

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    • Mark Monaghan INMAN, SC
      • 3 months ago

      This is short sighted and wrong on so many levels. Please allow this freedom of speech.

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