As we look ahead to an important day in our fight for the university we want to see in Camden, we want to thank you all for the organizing work you’ve done to make sure our message comes through loud and clear at the all-faculty meeting with Chancellor Tillis this morning and the Arts and Sciences commencement this afternoon. This week and last, we saw what a strong and united union can do.
Here are the details on today’s events, so you have them all in one place:
— All-faculty meeting TODAY at 11:20 a.m. in Penn 401: Please attend in person if possible. This has been labeled a faculty meeting, but it is for all of us—faculty, grad workers, staff, and students. We want the biggest possible turnout to help us make sure Chancellor Tillis has to answer difficult questions.
If you can’t participate in person, you can attend virtually—click here to join the Zoom meeting at 11:20 a.m. Our colleagues in Newark and New Brunswick are planning a display of support via Zoom, and you can join in: download this Zoom profile picture saying that you stand with Camden; make it your profile picture in Rutgers Zoom; and listen with your camera off so that Chancellor Tillis and the administration see our message.
— Arts and Sciences Commencement TODAY, gather at 3:30 p.m. outside BB&T Pavilion (1 Harbour Blvd.): We want to be there, first of all, to celebrate our students and their families, so come in your full commencement regalia if you have it. We’ll have a large “Congratulations” backdrop for taking photos with your students and their families, so come up and take advantage!
We’ll also be handing out a letter to students and family members, offering our congratulations and explaining our decision not to participate inside during the ceremony as an act of advocacy for the university we want in Camden. You can read the handout by clicking here.
One last thing before we let you get ready: Jim wrote an op ed article that was published at NJ.com over the weekend, explaining the background to the crisis in Camden. Please share it far and wide!
Jim Brown, President, Camden Chapter, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Jamie Dunaev, Vice President, Camden Chapter, Rutgers AAUP-AFT