Expand Support for Both the GSD Program and Pugh Center Through Two Jobs for Two People
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Expand Support for Both the GSD Program and Pugh Center Through Two Jobs for Two People

    1. Cassie Clemmer
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      Cassie Clemmer

      Waterville, ME

The creation of the Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) Program and the funding of the entry level Director position (previously held by Andrea Breau) was an important first step toward providing more support for issues of sexual and gender diversity on campus, issues that include combating sexual violence and homophobia.  

However, this position was combined into two jobs with the addition of the Associate Director of the Pugh Center position.  Andrea Breau’s recent resignation has made it clear that it is not possible for one individual to devote adequate time and attention to both positions.  Placing the responsibility of multiple positions on one person does a disservice to all students since pervasive cultures of gender and sexual violence affect the entire community, often intersecting with other forms of oppression. By converting the current position (GSD Director and PC Associate Director) into two separate positions, Colby would strengthen its institutional commitment to creating a fairer, more welcoming and more egalitarian environment on campus.

In the spirit of Colby’s aspiration “to confront and overcome actions and attitudes that discourage the widest possible range of participation our community,” we respectfully petition Colby to hire a full-time GSD Director AND a full-time Associate Director of the Pugh Center: two jobs, two people, and two steps further toward a safer, more inclusive campus community.

Please sign and share this petition if you believe in two jobs, two people.

To:
Colby College
We, the undersigned, respectfully urge Colby to hire a full-time GSD Director AND a full-time Associate Director of the Pugh Center; two jobs, two people.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Trevor Mackesey BLOOMINGTON, IN
      • over 1 year ago

      As an alumnus, it is important to me that Colby continues to develop its reputation as a socially responsible community. There may still be a long way to go, but this is one step that would both display the institution's commitment and improve the everyday life of students and faculty already essential to the strength of the college.

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    • Darla Linville WATERVILLE, ME
      • over 1 year ago

      These are both amazingly important and huge jobs. Non-academic and extra-curricular situations are also very important ways that young people learn and grow at college - and important ways that colleges teach young people. Make it a priority, Colby.

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    • Joe Stacey SEATTLE, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      My daughter may apply to Colby

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    • Lindsay Putnam NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      As a Colby alum, I know that this would be a great resource for many students!

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    • Betsy Parsons SOUTH PORTLAND, ME
      • over 1 year ago

      Colby needs a full-time Director of Gender and Sexuality. Colby is the only NESCAC College without this level of support. A little shocking, really. Surely Colby wants to send a better message about the importance of the GSD Program and the safety of the college's more vulnerable students.

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