Raise awareness against racist professors in CUNY schools

Raise awareness against racist professors in CUNY schools

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Shaneika Ellis started this petition to CUNY and

Hello, My name is Shaneika Ellis. I'm a student at LaGuardia Community College. I am in desperate need of your help. Since the beginning of this semester 10/2019, I've been begging school faculty for help with a professor who is clearly racist. 6 other students and I have vocalized our fear of failing because the professor is clearly a racist. No one wants to do anything about it. No one cares. We have written statements, gotten signatures of people who've witnessed it any and more. The course is called MAT104. The professors name is Maifer
Demirbec.

The professor feels because she's been teaching for 25 years, that she's untouchable. I have numerous recordings of her teaching me and other students of color poorly while she obviously favors those who are of a different race. The professor has made comments on my brain being messed up because she neighborhoods I went to school in as a child "failed me".

I have reached out to everyone on campus that I was supposed to. I followed the chain of command. I even tried reasoning with the professor. She still finds a reason to pick at me and its not fair. I can't eat, I can't sleep, I'm super stressed. She's trying her hardest to take everything I worked so hard from me. She's been failing me on tests that I got the answers right on. She doesn't even care to change the grade.

LaGuardia Community College has been making me feel like I have no rights as a student or even a human being at this point. I've had the Chairman of the Math Department tell me that the professor can't be racist because "teachers can't be racist". He also closed the door in my face the second time I tried to sit with him. 

My heart is broken. This isn't right, this isn't fair. She gets to bash, taunt and fail her students because of their race and no one wants to do anything about it. The Chairman keeps telling me to go to tutoring and keeps telling me that I'm only upset because I don't understand the work. I do not struggle in math. I'm actually good at it. He does not care. He just wants to protect her.

The ombudsperson Robert Walton's advice to me was "not to throw the professor under the bus and try harder in class". As if he's not supposed to be the one advocating for us. It's not like I'm the only student having this issue. A LOT of us are. That's why I'm confused as to why the school isn't doing anything to help. I have no option but to bring it to this at this point. 

The schools advice to me has been "drop the class" or "wait until the end of the semester and file an appeal". This is my last semester. I don't feel as if I should have to come back to school because the professor  has  bias against blacks. I have written letters, sent emails. begged for help, everything, no one wants to help me.

The professors Rate My Professor reviews speaks volumes on her character. No one has said anything positive about her since 2011. 

The only way to be heard would be to bring this issue to Social Media and hope the right person sees it. Please help by signing this petition! Even if nothing gets done for me, other students don't deserve to suffer. 

If you have any further questions or you could offer me any kind of help please send me an E-Mail shaneikamarieellis@gmail.com

 

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