Sign on to show your support of the thirteen proposals laid out by SGA for community healing: https://middleburycampus.com/44611/opinion/thirteen-proposals-for-community-healing/ (go/healourcampus)
We also encourage student and student leaders to write brief endorsements of these proposals and share with your membership and with all SGA senators via email at email@example.com by FRIDAY 4/26/19
Template/ sample endorsement(s): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1imQCs-5pem3EwNijLNFn1vRspAAg_omQaeKbuE8QAPk/edit?usp=sharing
On Saturday, April 13, we wrote an open letter (go/openletter), inviting the Middlebury community to join us in urging PSCI and RCGA to rescind their co-sponsorship of the far-right funded Alexander Hamilton Forum’s (AHF) event featuring the Polish bigot (see our open letter for analysis of his bigotry), Ryzard Legutko, scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, April 17. Rescinding co-sponsorship, which we understood to be symbolic (PSCI nor RCGA provided funds), would have meant a lot to current Middlebury students.
By Tuesday night, April 16, our letter represented the concerns of over 840 Middlebury community members, including student leaders, alumni, faculty, staff, and many others. Many of the signees interact daily with and have had their Middlebury educations greatly impacted by these two institutional bodies; their pain and frustrations, caused by these trusted figures’ decision to sign on to the engagement of a notoriously racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, homophobic speaker, are evident.
The responses from PSCI and RCGA (go/responses) were predictable at best and flippant and contemptuous at worst. PSCI and RCGA’s subsequent actions, however, which were undoubtedly carried out in coordination with administration, further disregarded the pain and frustrations of marginalized Middlebury community members and of the 840+ community members and groups on our open letter.
PSCI additionally disregarded the concerns of many PSCI majors, while RCGA Director Tamar Meyer ignored the dissent of multiple faculty members of the RCGA faculty steering committee and the entire student steering committee. PSCI and RCGA were not done ignoring the Middlebury community, however — they also proceeded to host two private events with Legutko, closed to the public, preventing any expression of dissent or protest. Their privately-hosted discussion and dinner events stood in direct opposition to the same free-speech rhetoric that was touted in their responses at the last minute pre-Legutko panel, where it was reiterated by PSCI faculty that students should challenge Legutko in community, in order to educate peers or third-parties who may not already understand the gravity of bigotry. We ask, where were the third-parties during these private events?
We were angry. We were disappointed. We were not surprised.
Two years ago, administration strung students along, meeting to meeting, empty promise after empty promise. We have seen no meaningful institutional change, and we will not see meaningful change until we collectively demand it.
This is why we support the SGA’s Thirteen Proposals for Community Healing.
SGA’s proposals were made in conjunction with members of the student body at a town hall meeting on Monday, April 22. Students were given time and space to discuss, challenge and amend these proposals in small groups, with senators listening and taking notes. Regardless of anyone’s level of awareness about the current campus climate or about SGA processes, senators were patient and receptive to questions, steadily providing answers with whatever insight that they had.
As two seniors who have been here since 2015, this is the first time that we have felt so heard by our elected student senators. It is easy to disregard the role of an SGA senator, especially when you forget who they are a few days after election results are announced. The SGA showed themselves to be taking their work seriously this past Monday.
We crafted these proposals in community, and we believe that the final list of thirteen requests adequately reflects not only the desires of those in the SGA but of a vast number of students on this campus.
Up until this point, we, as current students, have been on the backburner of everyone’s agendas. We have had enough of having our educations dictated to us from someone else’s pulpit and our concerns brushed aside in favor of those coming from non-student voices.
We demand Middlebury College to recenter students and our needs in the education it offers us. Administrative acceptance and dedication to the Thirteen Proposals for Community Healing are a key component to this long-term revisioning.
We were angry. We were disappointed. We are taking action.
We encourage all students and student leaders to pay close attention to the administration’s response to these community proposals. We encourage vocal, explicit support from students for our administration to meet these requests.
We have a few suggestions for what support can look like. Support can come in the form of social media posts, letters of endorsements from student leadership, mass emails to student membership sharing these proposals and why your group supports them, and signing this open letter which will be sent to each senator.
We wholeheartedly believe in the strength of our collective student voices, and we believe in the capacity of our administration to strive for and to achieve our communal requests.
Vee Duong ‘19, Juliana Dunn ‘19
Ginny Renjilian ‘19.5J Hamel ‘21.5Rebecca Wishnie ‘20Christian Kummer ‘22, First-Year SenatorCece Alter ‘19.5Anna Durning ‘19Madison Holland ‘21Stephen Chen '19.5Elise Morris ‘22Andrew Sebald '19Abby Dennis '21Willow Galusha '22.5Myles Maxie ‘22 Wonnacott Senator ElectRayn Bumstead '21Eric Kapner ‘21Robert Lichenstein '19Maria Bobbitt-Chertock ‘20Mary Moore ‘22.5Nathan Nguyen ‘19Sandra Luo '18Taite Shomo ‘20.5Brenna Wilson 2020Austin Kenny ‘19.5Maria Bobbitt-Chertock ‘20Jocelyn Tenório ‘19Cecelia Scheuer ‘21 Ethan Reilly '18Ellie Packard '21Audrey Pan, 2019Jess Garner '19.5Cecelia Scheuer '21Hannah Patterson ‘19Zoe Grodsky ‘20.5Caralyn Levine '20Clara Sternberg '19Maren Taylor '21Itzel Diaz '20.5Olivia Sommers ‘21Maddy Goodhart ‘19Stephanie Miller ‘20Adrienne Goldstein ‘20Noah Sauer '20 Maia Sauer '22Tyler DeShong ‘21Maia Sauer '22Claire Martens ‘21Nate Blumenthal '21.5Asa Skinder '22.5Lily Barter '19.5Meiriely Amaral ‘19 Matthew Fliegauf '22Emma Brown ‘21Leif Taranta '2020.5 Co-director SGA Environmental Affairs Committee Connor Wertz ‘22Tiffany Martinez ‘19Gillinda James '21James Scott ‘19 Mika Morton ‘19Sylvia Choi ‘19Ngor Luong '19Emily Cipriani 2019.5Mariana Tahiri ’22Matt Smith ‘22, Sophomore Senator-ElectJuniper Hall-Aquitania ‘19Jessica Morales '19.5Lulu Zhou '19Pia Contreras ‘22Owen Mason-Hill '22Cooper Siegel ‘20Alexis Welch 22.5Tim O’Donnell ‘20Wengel Kifle ‘20Michelle Marquez ‘21.5Tierra Lu ‘19Karla Nuñez '19Reyne Lesnau '21 Keith Chatinover 22.5Evan Mercer '20Cooper Lamb 22.5Lilian Buzzard '22.5Corbin Dameron ‘19Rhys Glennon ‘22Aidan Wertz ‘22Erin Reid '17Jess Mulder ‘22Lily Colón 21.5Jacynda Ely Espenshade ‘21Raechel Zeller ‘22Ryan Gutheil '22Sidra Pierson ‘21Haley Goodman '21Julia Beck ‘19.5Matt Martignoni ‘21.5Molly Gallagher ‘22Katie Corrigan '19Emma Lodge '19.5Madeleine Van Beek ‘22 Jack Carew '20 Allie Stevens ‘20.5Elissa Asch '22.5Sabrina Wang ’ 19Kate Claman ‘19Michele Young ‘22Ami Furgang '20Cat La Roche ‘21Grace A. Metzler 2021.5Ricardo Rosales-Mesta ‘19Walker Stewart '19Michael Gallagher ‘21Isabella Cass '19Niki Kowsar ‘21.5Alaina Pribis ‘19Jaden Hill '22Emily Lewkowicz '19Daria Cenedella ‘18.5Warren Lundsgaard ‘21Molly Babbin ‘22Naomi Cutler ‘20Olivia O'Brien '21Alice Butler ‘19Sergiu White '22Michelle Lehman '19Sophia Allen '19Omar Valencia '19Rachel Hemond ‘19.5Allison Dammann ‘19Billie White ‘19Mikaela Chang ‘19Beverly Milberg 2021.5Jack Landrigan '22Melynda Payne '21Reid Macfarlane '21Paola Meza '19Rebecca Duras '19Caleb Green ‘19.5Asher Lantz 19.5Emma Norton ‘21Inez Lee '19Cynthia Ramos '21Megan Salmon '21Tara Santi ‘20Charlie DiPrinzio '21Sandhya Sewnauth '20Audrey Bao '19Selvyn Yovany Martinez Barahona '20Stephanie Soriano ‘21 Madison Stewart-Boldin '19Emma Bernstein '21.5Darya Khodakhah ‘22Olivia Jin ‘20Ella Dyett ‘20Hawa Adam ‘22Daniela Morales ‘21Alex Williams ‘19Isla Bowery ‘20.5 Olivia Pintair ‘22.5Kendal Pittman '21.5Aiden Masters ‘22Abby Okin ‘20 Lori Ngo ‘22Mark Gross ‘21Lucy Weiss ‘20.5Luna Gizzi ‘21Joslyn Sullivan '19.5Claire Contreras 22.5Jenny Pushner ‘21.5 Caroline Magnusson '22.5Prasanna Vankina ‘18Micah Raymond '21Hannah Pustejovsky ‘18Cora Kircher '20Samantha Lamont ‘17Daniel Silva, Professor of Luso-Hispanic StudiesSophie Swallow 21Olivia Christie ‘19Christine Nabung ‘22Hannah Gokaslan '20.5Lauren Bates '20David Sanders ’20Isabella Mauceri '20.5Tabitha Mueller ‘18Erica Bisaillon '21.5Yumna Siddiqi, Associate Professor, English and American LiteratureGrace Weissman ‘21.5Derrick Burt 20.5Reed Martin '19Alyssa Brown ‘20Charlotte Cahillane '19.5Erin Hoynes ‘19Emma Wilcox '19Maeve Callahan '22Lucy Rinzler-Day ‘21Zachary Varricchione ‘21Leena Chawla ‘19.5Garda Ramadhito ‘19Massimo Sassi '22 Sarah Gratz ‘19Olivia Olson '21.5Ben Yamron '21Julia Lothrop '19Seymour Butz '21 Lucy Kates '20.5William Blastos '22.5Katy Kim '22.5Kevin Mata 22,Maya Fray-Witzer '22Assadou Nzigamasabo '22Emily Thompson '22Julia McClain ‘22Neta Kafka '22.5Gillian Moore ‘20Regina Fontanelli 22Gardner Olson '22Nicholas Wagg ‘22Ariel Silver '22Zahrrah Ahmed '19Jared Dowell ‘22Annie Benson '19Bryan Currie '22Hannah M. Deering ‘22Rachel Nahirny ‘21.5Christina Badalamenti '22Sophie Hochman '22Meg Haberle '22 Anton Gallegos '21Madeleine Russell ‘19Maria José Correa '20Raine Ellison ‘19Hannah Ennis '22.5Emma Walker ‘18Ciara Carlson-Healy ‘22Gracie Winogradsky '19.5Bailey Sneed '22.5Annie Blalock ‘20.5Claire Babbott-Bryan '22Anna Lueck '18.5Ella Houlihan ‘21Miranda Seixas ‘20Abbey Knight ‘20 Ariana Rios '21Nick Jaccaci '22Emma Ronai-Durning '18.5Ellie Copps '22Lily Shale ‘20Halle Shephard '22Sam Alexander '20Mishel Kondi 19’Christina Chyr '17Sadie Housberg ‘21Gabrielle Martin ‘21.5Hannah Blake '21 Kate Criscitiello '19Lex Scott ‘19Nimaya Lemal ‘21.5Caroline Thacker '21.5Amy Egan '21Subin Cho '19, Manager of Language Tables Rebecca Conover '19Celia Gottlieb '21.5Kyle Wright '19Zoe Garcia '22Winta Ghirmai ‘21Muskan Agarwal '21Elizabeth Perrotta '19George Valentine '19.5Jackson Hawkins '21.5Cleo Davidowitz ‘21Carissa Lee '19Ariadne Will '22Liam O'Brien '22Eliza DameronCorinne Bintz '20.5Augie Schultz 22.5Orli Schwartz '20Zorica Radanovic '19MJ Pascual '19Kira Waldman ‘20Laura Bashor '17Phoebe Brown 22.5Sam Kann '20.5Tenzin Dorjee '20Will Pannos ‘20Hannah Gellert '22Nico Plume 19.5Jules Struzyna '19.5Jeremy Alben '18Celia Ripple ‘20Will Kelley '19Katie Cournoyer ‘22Arturo Simental ‘20Haegan O'Rourke '22Linnea Hubbard-Nelson '22
JUNTOS Activism (Lulu Zhou '19, Juliana Dunn '19, Christine Nabung '22, Madison Holland '21, Ella Dyett '20) JUNTOS (Alex Dobin '21, Alexandra Burns '21, Alondra Carmona '21, Christine Nabung '22, Ella Dyett '20, Hira Zeeshan Siddiqui '22, Jocelyn Tenorio '19, Lulu Zhou '19, Maria José Correa '20, Nuria Gonzalez '22, Sabrina Quintanilla '19, Silvia Cantú '20, Yamit Netter-Sweet '21)Amnesty International (Olivia Jin '20, Madison Holland '21, Megan Salmon '21, Matt Martignoni '21.5, Piara Biggs '21.5)RAISINS (Vee Duong '19, Sabrina Wang '19, Pim Singhatiraj '21.5, Tinglin Shi '22, Jasmine Chau '21, Nathan Nguyen '19, Lulu Zhou '19, Audrey Bao '19, Mikaela Chang '19, Inez Lee '19, Lori Ngo '22, Anton Gallegos '21)Queers & Allies (Clara Sternberg '19)Trans Affinity Group (Clara Sternberg '19)SPECS - Sex Positive Education College Style (Elise Morris, Anna Durning, Molly Babbin, Eric Kapner, Emily Kane, Emma Brown, Ellie Broeren, Allison Dammann, Ella Houlihan, Christian Kummer) UR-STEM (Kristine Su '20, Stephanie Soriano-Cruz '21)Feminist Action at Middlebury (Molly Conover '21.5)Middlebury Hillel BoardAsian Students in Action (Anton Gallegos '21)