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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.

 

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.

Highlights of OPTFA June meetings

Current Priorities for OPTFA, as discussed at our June meetings, include the following:
 
Unemployment + Adjunct Lecturer status: We’re focusing on information gathering in the coming ScarletAmonths regarding several appeals for unemployment compensation by part-timers. (See Paula’s recent post on our discussion list.) If you have filed, please be sure that Maria Maisto has your contact information. Also, there is growing concern that the trend of pushing out adjuncts who have achieved Senior Lecturers status is ramping up on campuses that have such a designation. If you have a story like Paula’s or Michelle’s, we want to know about it.
Campus Tours: OPTFA is planning to tour Ohio campuses in the Fall 2013. On the tour, the goal is to get the word out that OPTFA exists and showcase what adjuncts in the state have accomplished so far. We also hope the tour will serve as a local mobilizing force to bring together all stakeholders (like students, other part-time campus employees, parents, tenured fac) who are impacted by contingency.  We also want to help catalyze the organizing of adjuncts on local campuses so that people aren’t so isolated from the other adjuncts that walk the same halls they do.  We need people to serve as points of contact, so we can set up dates, so if you want to help arrange a visit to your campus, please email David Wilder at david.wilder.optfa@newfacultymajority.info.
 
Campus Equity Week 2013: This will take place the last week in October. Lots of folk on the Survey suggested some sort of conference–we would love for Campus Equity Week (and/or the Campus Tours) to be a place where we can hosts panels, teach-ins, events on different campuses across the state in the same week. We’re also looking into figuring out how to simulcast Ohio events so that we can be networked into the Campus Equity Week events going on around the nation that week. If you are looking for a committee to serve on for OPTFA: this is what’s hot.
Aaron Calafuto + “For-Profit”: This is super exciting. We’re looking for more ways to cross-for profitpollinate our organizing between fac + students and this is one sure way to do it. Aaron’s a founder of Student Debt Crisis–working with student organizations on campuses nationwide to organize around the issue of student debt.
He is also a playwright of a critically acclaimed play, For Profit, about the cycle of student debt and the corporatization of higher ed, which you can find out more about here.
The plan is to synch our Campus Tours with some showings of his play–to highlight the connections between contingent faculty members who are working for poverty wages with thousands of dollars in debt they can’t pay back at these rates, while the students themselves take on thousands of dollars in debt in the hope of making a living wage, but the only work available, if they can get that degree, may be a minimum wage job in the service sector–so they won’t be able to pay back that debt either. Average student loan debt in recent years is something like $27,000 per student.  Also remember that only 56 percent of our students in Ohio graduate in six years. Student load debt (in number of dollars) has quadrupled just in the past 10 years. Ohio is seventh in the nation for highest student loan debt load. Etcetera etcetera.

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So these kinds of events and panels should surely increase solidarity on our campuses and gather crowds/community interest/publicity. If you’d like to have the play and panel discussion come to your campus–please talk to Maria Maisto. Some dates have been set already.
For more details on the other things the group worked on Wednesday–including that OPTFA Summer Survey (preliminary results are in!) please see the June 2013 Meeting Report.