SAVE The Ram Initiative so students with Intellectual Disabilities can attend WCU

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The RAM Initiative was a program at West Chester University, bringing students with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) to campus to participate in a two-year inclusive post-secondary education experience. The RAM initiative is ‘inclusive’ in that RAM students would learn, live, and interact with all students, faculty, staff, and administrators on campus, not in segregated environments. The students would take classes on an Audit or Credited basis and have a non-traditional application/admissions process. These students would be full-time students and have full privileges of the university. West Chester University has recently decided to discontinue this amazing program due to insufficient funding, and other uncertain reasons that have not yet been clarified. This is troubling news as the University has a history of supporting marginalized and underrepresented groups, and according to their mission statement:

"To fulfill its mission as a public institution serving the Commonwealth, West Chester University will focus on student success and institutional improvement as measured by the degree to which WCU demonstrates:

ACCESS TO LEARNING
COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT 
Continuous improvement
Critical thinking
INCLUSION
Scholarly and creative activities
Sustainability"

Discontinuing this program would not only disappoint the community surrounding West Chester but also violate the University's mission statement that supports inclusion and diversity. This program has made a significant impact on individuals with ID in Chester County, as well as all the students and faculty of West Chester University who know and love this program and the students in it. Please sign this petition to show your support in helping us keep this program going for future students!