Petition to Maureen S
Demand Reform in Solano Community College's Math Department
I am a Political Science major at Solano Community College (SCC). For the most part, my academic experience at SCC has been good. That is, until I took a math class during the summer 2017 semester. That was the worst class I've taken in my entire academic history. Concerned it was just me, I began polling fellow classmates and other SCC students only to learn of horror stories about abusive, unprofessional, and downright inept professors, students needing to take math classes multiple times to pass (professor issue...not student), disparate treatment towards minority students, and overall dereliction of duty by professors who simply do not care enough to see students succeed. My experience and countless others like mine, compelled me to be the change I wanted to see. Effective September 18, 2017, I begin a Hunger Strike to raise awareness about biased grading practices, disparate treatment of protected class students, pernicious pedagogy, and dereliction of duty to provide a curriculum in the spirit of excellence in SCC's Math Department. I am asking SCC to reform their Math Department once and for all! But, I can't do it alone. I need your help. Here's how you can show your support: Sign this petition then use your voice to share the link with every student, friend, and parent you know who pays tuition at SCC and ask them to sign it too. E-mail David.Williams@solano.edu and Celia.Esposito-Noy@solano.edu to show support for the protest. Demand that they reform SCC's Math Department immediately. Use hashtag #MyTuitionMatters across social media platforms to show your solidarity with the movement. Attend the protest rally next Friday, September 22, 2017 at noon on SCC's campus. Cancelled: Due to Hunger Striker Being Bedridden. Thank you for your support! As members of the academic community, we must continue to strive to make our learning institutions better today, tomorrow, and for the future. 10 Points: I have a right to quality Math and Science professors. I have a right to hold faculty and staff accountable for poor pedagogy without fear of retaliation. I have a right to complain about poor customer service by faculty and staff and to have my concerns resolved in a timely manner. I have a right to a peaceful learning environment. I have a right to receive assistance from qualified professors and tutors in the MAC Lab. I have a right to higher education. I have a right to have my grades evaluated within a reasonable time frame. I have a right to transparency from the Administrative Leadership concerning issues related to my education. I have a right to demand excellence from faculty and staff. I have a right to succeed in every class I enroll in without interference from disgruntled, mean-spirited, and unqualified professors.
Petition to Southern Adventist University
Active Shooter Response
Southern Adventist University is a private college located in the small town of Collegedale, TN. Roughly 3,000 students attend classes on this fairly large campus. While there are fire drills and tornado drills, active shooters drills are not practiced. The reason being is because the school board does not see them as a necessary task and they do not want to lose education time for practice. Furthermore, the campus safety officers are not allowed to carry firearms on campus. In the even of an active shooter it would take nearly 9 minutes for a police officer to arrive. The average active shooter incident only lasts 2 minutes. Something has to be done to make this college campus better prepared. If the students have never done the drill then if an incident were to ever occur the reaction of the students wouldn't be well. Instead of knowing what to do the students would panic and only make a terrible situation worse. I am a student at Southern Adventist University. I want to be safe while I am in school. The fact is that the world that we live in isn't always safe. We need to be prepared for as many circumstances as possible. With your help hopefully we can bring this oversight into the eyes of the school board and make the much needed change.
Petition to Ro Khanna, Dianne Feinstein, Virginia Foxx, John Sobrato, Janet Napolitano, Pete Boyle, Rick Williams
Petition for Reduced Tuition
Join the movement on Twitter @changetrain1 This petition is not for the over-entitled who have told me, "It's not my money." This petition is for those of us who give a damn. Do you, like me, have nervous thoughts about whether you can get approved for more loans to finish school? Do you, like me, continuously update and figure out your school payment options with your family? Do you question whether you can take up more minimum-wage work and still have time for school? Did you think about leaving college behind? If so, join The Change Train. Join us as we take action with the Petition for Reduced Tuition. We want college and university administrators to collaborate with their students to reduce tuition costs. We believe that change in this area is not a one-way street; there are actions that both groups can take to reduce tuition and expenses. Below are the individuals that we are petitioning to in order to gain their support in promoting reduced tuition, and to help create collaboration between students and administrations to achieve reduced tuition and expenses. Janet Napolitano (President, University of California) Pete Boyle (VP for Public Affairs, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities) Rick Williams (Chief Executive Officer, Sobrato Family Foundation) Ro Khanna (Congressman 17th District) Dianne Feinstein (California Senator) Virginia Foxx (Higher Education subcommittee chair) John Sobrato (The Sobrato Organization President, Santa Clara University alum)
Petition to Emerson College
Bring a Right-Wing Speaker to Emerson
Dear Emerson College community, Emerson College prides itself on being one of the leaders in inclusivity and education in the communications. There have a countless number of fascinating and interesting people who have come to this campus and given talks about any number of issues. We clearly enjoy having industry professionals and leaders talk to our student body in order to enrich our learning experience. However, the one thing I have not seen is a speaker who is outwardly and explicitly of the non-politically left. The past year has created an, understandably, difficult political climate. But if free speech and inclusivity is something we truly care about as a community here at Emerson then it is simply time we have an event that spotlights someone with a differing opinion than the majority left. As of my writing this I have reached out to three prominent right-leaning speakers: Julie Borowski - a well-respected libertarian who is a political commentator on Youtube and Facebook. She has already responded and is interested in doing the event. Ben Shapiro - another libertarian-leaning political commentator and editor in chief at DailyWire.com who has been featured on primetime news networks and has done many speaking events at colleges. Milo Yiannopoulos - a proudly gay, Jewish, republican and avid Trump supporter. He has done many speaking events at colleges and is notorious for his events being protested by non-agreeing students. I believe either of these three would bring a much needed outside voice and perspective to a campus culture that has all but entirely rejected the right-wing mindset. My plan is to get this petition to spread around and hopefully gain positive support. I will then try to speak with Lee Pelton during his open office hours this Monday and show him the petition and take it from there. If this does gain support and an event is planned I think it will be a fantastic experience for anyone looking to further their understanding of politics or just the opinions of those around them in a positive and open forum. I hope, with everyone's help, we can continue to create an inclusive environment here at Emerson and that all voices are equally heard and supported. Thank you.