Reinstate Dr. Bungiro as a professor at Brown University

Reinstate Dr. Bungiro as a professor at Brown University

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On behalf of all past, present, and hopefully, future Brown students, we are formally requesting your support in advocating for Dr. Bungiro’s reinstatement as a professor at Brown University. Dr. B is, quite frankly, the professor you’ve always dreamed of - please sign this petition and email the individuals indicated at the end of this petition!

Dr. B has consistently put the learning of his students before all else. Time and again, he has demonstrated his dedication to his students and job by encouraging personal and professional growth, incorporating carefully thought-out and creative metaphors to reinforce difficult concepts, inviting both clarification questions and questions about material well beyond the scope of this course, and by sharing his unique sense of humor during lecture to retain student engagement. Beyond his job, Dr. B has demonstrated his unquestionable heart by going out of his way to build meaningful personal relationships with his students. He serves as a mentor, nurturing students and offering guidance and advice throughout their undergraduate years, and he continues to support them in their life beyond Brown in countless ways, such as by writing them letters of recommendation and maintaining close contact.

Dr. B’s mid-semester resignation has rocked the Brown community - current students, alumni, and even students who have never taken a class with him but who have heard of him, were all shocked, saddened, and disappointed when the news first spread on October 30th. Students currently enrolled in his Immunology class have been most affected; not only did we lose a professor we have already grown to deeply appreciate and respect who also extends the same care and respect to his students, but we also must manage the transition to four new professors who are being tasked with taking over a dense introductory course near the end of the semester. On top of an already high-pressure semester, the uncertainty and anxiety from this sudden disruption have been overwhelming and stressful for many. Ever since we heard, we have all been confused as to why a passionate professor who showed incredible commitment to teaching was leaving behind his students and a job that he always calls the “absolute best in the world.” Brown students have dominated popular student pages, like Dear Blueno, with posts mourning or wondering about Dr. B’s resignation, further highlighting the significant distress this event has caused the Brown community. 

Many students speculated about whether his resignation was related to an incident earlier in the semester on Dear Blueno that led to considerable backlash against him. After this incident, however, Dr. Bungiro immediately apologized for his mistake and took responsibility for his actions with the utmost respect, humility, and compassion. In doing so, he set a prime example for his students; people, even professors, make mistakes, but what is important is taking ownership of and learning from these mistakes. On November 7th, the circumstances surrounding his resignation were finally revealed by Dr. B himself. In a heartfelt and vulnerable address, he shared how in the midst of an extremely challenging semester and year, he was met with harsh criticism that deeply upset him, leading him to impulsively offer his resignation on October 29th. To his surprise and disappointment, his resignation was quickly accepted with no protest, and he was left with the serious consequences of his regrettable mistake: the loss of a job that provides him with both fulfillment and a reliable source of income. He went on to share how immediately following the news of his resignation, he received an outpouring of emails from current and former students, expressing their support for him, leading him to regain faith in the immeasurable impact he has had and continues to have on his students. On October 31st, he formally requested to be reinstated and agreed to comply with any and all terms conditional for his reinstatement. However, his request was denied, leaving him and his family without a means to pay their mortgage and without access to healthcare. In his time of need, he has called upon us, the students he has served unconditionally, to take action on his behalf.

Out of the kindness of your heart and for the sake of Dr. B, his family, and the entire Brown community, please join us in supporting Dr. Bungiro’s reinstatement as a professor at Brown University by adding your signature to this petition and emailing the following individuals:

Katherine Smith, Associate Dean of Biology Undergraduate Education (Katherine_Smith@Brown.edu)

Edward Hawrot, Senior Associate Dean for the Program in Biology (Edward_Hawrot@Brown.edu)

Jack Elias, Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences (Jack_Elias@Brown.edu)

Rashid Zia, Dean of the College (Rashid_Zia@Brown.edu)

Richard Locke, Provost (Richard_Locke@Brown.edu)

Christina Paxson, President (Christina_Paxson@Brown.edu)

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