Archive for Campus Equity Week

Take action for Campus Equity Week, Oct. 28 – Nov. 2

Take action for Campus Equity Week, a week of education and activism that draws attention to the working conditions of faculty working on temporary, low-paid contracts, who now constitute the majority of college instructors.

In fact, there are one million contingent faculty nationwide, and they make up 75 percent of all faculty.

Here are some simple things you can do to raise awareness about equity issues on your campus. You can also download this information as a handout from the Campus Equity Week Tool Kit page.

  • Wear scarlet or red on Wednesday, Oct. 30, during Campus Equity Week.CEW13-Button-Art
  • Use social media and online resources to raise awareness of CEW. Post links on Facebook. Send out tweets. Use hashtags #cew2013 and ##iammargaretmary. Change your Facebook profile photo to the CEW logoGet more tips on using social media.
  • Plan a Campus Equity Week event on your campus. Ideas: A candlelight vigil in memory of Margaret Mary Vojtko. Tabling to collect signatures on an online petition, pass out information, etc.
  • Attend a Campus Equity Week event, including several planned for Ohio, listed here.
  • Sign and share a petition.
  • Send a letter to the editor to your local and/or campus newspaper.
  • Follow the Campus Equity Week Facebook Event page.
  • Tell your adjunct story on the Adjunct Stories Tumblr page.
  • Submit a photo of your adjunct contract to the Adjunct Justice Equal Pay for Equal Work Tumblr page.
  • Take photos of adjunct faculty or others wearing the shirts and buttons, then post your photos on social media.
  • Include a simple line about Campus Equity Week in the signature line of your emails: October 28 – November 2 is Campus Equity Week. Learn more at www.campusequityweek.org/2013
  • Send a letter to the editor to your local and/or campus newspaper.
  • Wear T-shirts and buttons during Campus Equity Week.
  • Serve Fair Trade in Education Coffee at your CEW event.
  • Participate in an online survey conducted by The New Faculty Majority Foundation (NFMF and The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE) about how colleges and universities are responding to the Employer Mandate of the ACA as it applies to contingent faculty in “part-time” positions. 
  • Blog for Campus Equity Week.

 

OPTFA meets at UA on Oct. 23

Please join us for tomorrow’s meeting of the Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association at noon, Oct. 23, in Room 301 of the Student Union on the University of Akron campus.

The Ohio Part-time Faculty Association advocates for the interests of part-time faculty members in institutions of higher learning in the state of Ohio. And we will meet at UA tomorrow to listen to your concerns and advocate for you.

On the agenda are:
  • UA’s new rule that caps the number of hours each adjunct can work outside the classroom at 2 hours credit hour. The limit helps UA avoid providing health benefits under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. How is the new limit affecting you?
  • UA’s timekeeping proceduresAre they efficient and effective? What are your concerns?
  • FOR PROFIT, the solo play that will be performed FREE at UA on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theater as part of national Campus Equity Week. It takes a poignant but humorous look at student debt and will be followed by a panel discussion that includes an adjunct faculty member. This is a great  opportunity for you and your students to learn and speak out about equity issues in higher education.
  • The Ohio Higher Education Campus Equity Week Summit, Oct. 26 in Columbus, a free event that is part of national Campus Equity Week. You are invited to join us in planning advocacy to improve higher ed on your campus and in our state.

Get funding for Campus Equity Week event

If you would like to plan a Campus Equity Week event for your campus, apply for a grant now.

The New Faculty Majority Campus Equity Week Grant is available to help local organizations with scarce resources sponsor Campus Equity Week activities during CEW 2013, October 28 – November 2.

The deadline for NFM CEW Grant applications has been extended to Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Get the details here. Download the application.

Attend an Ohio CEW event
So far, there are two CEW events planned in Ohio, the Ohio Higher Education Campus Equity Week Summit in Columbus on Oct. 26 and the solo play FOR Profit on the University of Akron campus on Oct. 28.

Focus on higher ed at Campus Equity Week Summit in Columbus

Four organizations have teamed up to present a state-wide summit in Columbus — open to all and focused on higher education — as part of Campus Equity Week.CEW13-Button-Art

The Ohio Higher Education Campus Equity Week Summit will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ohio Education Association Building, 225 East Broad St. in Columbus.

The event will kick off Campus Equity Week, Oct. 28- Nov. 2, a week of education and activism that shines a spotlight on our increasingly stratified higher education system. At the core of the inequities that pervade higher education is the crisis of contingent faculty employment.

The details

What: The goal of the Ohio Higher Education Campus Equity Week Summit is to create a statewide organizing body focused on higher education issues and composed of faculty, staff, contingent and part-time labor, students, and campus communities.

Who: Full- and Part-Time Faculty, Campus Staff, and Students from all over the state are invited to attend the Summit to build a better future for Ohio Higher Education.

When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Ohio Education Association Building, 225 East Broad Street in Columbus. Get directions to the OEA Building. Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the OEA parking lot, 200 Oak St., Columbus, OH 43215. Get directions to the parking lot.‎

Cost: There is no charge for this day-long event, which includes lunch.

Sponsors: New Faculty MajorityOhio Part-Time Faculty AssociationOhio Student Association and Ohio Education Association.

RSVP: By Oct. 14 to optfa@newfacultymajority.info. Please include name, email, phone number, address and organizational affiliation (if applicable). Also indicate whether you need childcare and/or transportation help.
Childcare: Please let us know if you need on-site childcare. If you do, please provide the number and age(s) of your children in your RSVP email.
Transportation: Please let us know if you need a ride or can provide a ride for a participant. If so, please provide that information in your RSVP email.

The flier

Download the half-page flier to share with your colleagues.

The draft agenda

10-11 a.m. – Coffee and Registration

11:10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. – Present Vision

11:30 a.m.- Noon – Count off and break out groups

Noon – 12:30 p.m. – Report Back – Who was at table? What are your causes? How do they connect to the vision? Is there anything we can add to the vision?

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch (Provided)

1 – 2 p.m. – Group Discussion on Action Plan for Wednesday of Campus Equity Week

2 – 3 p.m. – Working in Campus/Regional Groups to Develop Campus Equity Week Action Plan

3 – 3:30 p.m. – Report Back

3 – 3:30 p.m. – Adjourn

Background on Campus Equity Week

Campus Equity Week was originally devised by contingent faculty activists in 2001 in order to highlight the appalling working conditions of the majority of the faculty and the impact of those working conditions on the quality of education.

A central principle of the week is that quality education depends practically and ethically on professional and just working conditions for all faculty. The crisis of contingent faculty employment at colleges and universities is at the core of the inequities that pervade  higher education.

Show FOR PROFIT on your campus

As part of its contribution to Campus Equity Week 2013, the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education has sponsored the filming of:

The film version of the performance is being offered for screening at college campuses and other venues around the country exclusively during the week of Oct. 28 – Nov. 2.

The play provides a wonderful opportunity for students, faculty, staff and community members to discuss a wide range of current issues in higher education—not just the for-profit college industry, but also the broader “for profit” mindset towards higher education today that is behind so many problems facing us, our students, and our society’s educational future.

For more information on sponsoring this event on your campus or in your community, contact:  info@futureofhighered.org.

Promote the performance

Download the FOR PROFIT Promotion Posterwhich is designed so you can print it and customize it by hand with the specific time, date and location of the showing of FOR PROFIT on your campus. We also suggest adding this tagline underneath the title before you make copies:

A Solo-Play about the 1 TRILLION DOLLAR STUDENT DEBT CRISIS & the Exploitation of the American College Student.

See other CEW resources on the Campus Equity Week 2013 website.

Watch segment on “For Profit” on Al Jazeera

Aaron Calafato’s solo performance of “For Profit” at Kent State University earlier this month was Aaron on Al Zazeerafeatured in a three-minute segment on the Al Jazeera show “Real Money” last night.

The evening also featured a panel discussion on student debt, part-time faculty and other issues in which Katherine Burke, KSU adjunct faculty and a member of OPTFA’s Organizing Committee, participated.

You can watch the segment and get a glimpse of Katherine here and view photos from the KSU performance on our Facebook page.

Calafato’s play, which includes a post-performance panel discussion on equity issues, will be part of Campus Equity Week. It will be performed at campuses around the country both before and after that week.

Upcoming Ohio performances of “For Profit” include:
  • October 28: University of Akron, Akron, Ohio.
  • November TBA: Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio. With Evan Chaloupka, member of OPTFA Organizing Committee and doctoral student at CSU.

Read more about the one-man play, For Profit, in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Art imitates life and debt in play about for-profit school: Plain Dealing, Aug. 16, 2013