Save Women's Studies at IPFW

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Indiana University Purdue University - Fort Wayne (IPFW) developed the University Strategic Alignment Process (USAP) roughly two years ago to evaluate the university. The recommendation from USAP's evaluation was to restructure some of its programs and resources. Vice Chancellor Drummond made a set of recommendations to combine some of the university's programs without closures; however, Chancellor Carwein said that these recommendations didn't go far enough to cut costs. Shortly after, the Purdue Board of Trustees (Purdue is the fiscal agent for IPFW) demanded the university close programs.

As of this morning, the Women's Studies program was announced to be closed, along with 5 other programs, effective immediately (see the link below to the NIOF Facebook page with a complete list of closures). This is an utter detriment to comprehensive student learning and to the larger Fort Wayne Community.

The Women's Studies Program at IPFW is the first public Women's Studies Program in the state of Indiana. It has been in operation for 45 years. The program is growing in size, with more majors than ever. It also generates more than twice in revenue than what it costs to operate the program. This is clearly not about cutting costs.

Either way, there has been no attempt to "cut costs" while also saving programs like Women's Studies. There are departments on campus willing to do a merger with the Women's Studies Program to cut back on costs, though this is suddenly no longer an option.

Please stand with Women's Studies at IPFW and sign this petition urging the university to save Women's Studies by allowing a merger with other departments on campus like Sociology and Anthropology.

Fort Wayne is a safer, more equitable community with an active Women's Studies Program. The impact its closure will have on student learning and the larger community is going to be severe. Please speak out now!

You can find the complete list of closures and restructuring as well as follow/get involved with the resistance being organized against the announcement for closures at the Not in Our Future: Students Against USAP Facebook page OR by visiting their website. [Note: Not in Our Future has expanded to include alumni and community members as well as students.]

Here is a link to an article written by two Women's Studies alumni speaking directly to why Women's Studies is important.

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