We demand that Kenyon protect its staff and seek an alternative to outsourcing them to Sodexo because of its troubling record. Since many community members cannot attend the upcoming forum, we hope our voices are heard through this petition. We support the staff of our college and they play a huge part of our Kenyon experience, especially for students. We demand that the jobs of such integral members of our community are not outsourced to such a dubious organization. Not only will this create issues with regards to quality control, transparency, efficiency, communication, fairness, but the repercussions of such a decision will have lasting consequences on Kenyon’s reputation. This is evidenced by Robb Forman Dew’s decision to take her planned gift to the school elsewhere as well as urge other writers to boycott any invitation to speak at a Kenyon College Commencement.
Kenyon is a community, not a corporation and we demand that it behave like a community, treating each of its members with the decency and respect they deserve.