PD is Staying Here

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We, as students, mentees, friends, teachers, alumnae, and sibs demand that Professor Davis be hired into the open position in the Africana Studies Department. As a professor who has interdisciplinary courses, extends her role as a professor and becomes a friend and mentor to all students, regardless of background, and who students want to keep studying with and having as a resource, Wellesley College has no reason to not rehire her. The mission statement states that the school values gaining and retaining diverse faculty and professors, and yet has let this professor, who students cherish, be fired with every contract termination. In addition, this goes against the portion of the mission statement that claims to “respect” these diverse individuals, and yet this situation is nothing near respect. Professor Davis is admired by students for her unique way of thinking and class structure, which highly encourages students to discuss issues that face us all; this is a crucial skill that Wellesley students need to become women who will lead the future. Professor Davis distinguishes herself as an educator who is passionate about her work, both in and out of the classroom. She asks students and conducts her own research constantly to ensure that her course work is relevant and up-to-date. Collectively, she has created a network and community for marginalized, underrepresented groups on campus through her courses. Her coursework and curriculum focuses not only on topics regarding the Africana studies discipline, but also on identity development and sociological inquiry. These are essential skills which must be fostered before graduation. It is Wellesley College’s responsibility to host an academically and culturally enriching environment for students to strengthen their intra and inter-personal assets; but this is something that cannot occur without valuable educators such as Professor Davis. The department has selected to replace her, a decision we firmly believe is unnecessary, seeing as Professor Davis is more than qualified to fulfill the position.

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