We, members of the Hampshire College community, write to express our deepest admiration for the students of Hampshire College. Since the January 15th announcement that Hampshire might not accept a Fall 2019 class, Hampshire students have publicly devoted their energy, brilliance, wisdom, and radical imaginations to preserving our educational model and our community’s historical commitment to shared governance. All the while, despite the uncertainty surrounding the college’s fate, they continue to engage fully in their studies, consistently impressing us, as they always have, with the extremely high quality, originality and seriousness of their academic work.
Since February 1st, when the Board of Trustees announced its decision to admit only Early Decision and gap year students in Fall 2019, Hampshire students have maintained a strikingly peaceful, well-organized and respectful sit-in at the President’s Office and the Office of Student Life. Demonstrating their commitment to each other’s well-being, they have worked tirelessly to ensure that participants in the sit-ins complete their course-work, get rest and are fed. Entirely on their own, they have established effective channels of communication with faculty, staff, and the administration.They have capably organized teach-outs at Hampshire and in the Five College community, strengthening their relationships and building new ones in a spirit of critical inquiry and collaboration. In the best tradition of an engaged, justice-minded Hampshire education, they have posed tough questions and eloquently articulated their own demands, at every turn prioritizing inclusive decision-making and the well-being and survival of our community.
In this troubling time, Hampshire students have consistently expressed care, appreciation and love for staff and faculty. Their energy, determination and persistence energizes us. In turn, we are fully committed to them. We write this open letter today to confirm: our deepest gratitude to Hampshire College students; our strongest belief that, together, we are Hampshire; and our commitment to working with them as we strive to secure their education and envision our future together.
In solidarity and thanks,
Megan DobroRachel ConradSusana LozaJaime DávilaKaren KoehlerNathalie Arnold KoeningsDaniel Altshuler Donna CohnIra FayEthan MeyersAshley SmithWill RyanJennifer HamiltonDaniel Kojo SchradeMargaret CerulloDaniel WarnerJason M. TorAlan GoodmanAngie WilleyJeff WallenViveca GreeneLili M. KimLourdes Mattei Pamela StoneKaća BradonjićJennifer BajorekWilliam BraytonMyrna BreitbartDjola BrannerDasha ChapmanAbraham RavettKim ChangRoosbelinda CárdenasJutta SperlingLaela SayighMarty EhrlichMonique RoelofsMichele Hardesty Junko ObaAndrea DezsöChristoph CoxHerb BernsteinCynthia GillMarlene FriedWilson ValentinPeter GilfordLee SpectorGeorge FourlasAaron BermanBlair McLaughlinPeter KallokSarah PartanDeborah GoffeClaudio NolascoJana SilverUzma Aslam KhanFlavio Risech-OzegueraLynda PickbournLaura GreenfieldJohn CastorinoBecky MillerKay JohnsonSusan TracyTim ZimmermanBillie MandleEllie SiegelJim WaldEmmanuel MoralesThúy LêSeeta SistlaWill MacAdamsEmily RimmerNeil YoungAlejandro CuellarRebecca, AlumChris PerryDeborah Benjamin-KollerHeather Bell, F87Autumn PhaneufSuzanne FortierJaviera BenaventeMaureen BrownKane StewartNaya GabrielMichele BaltusRick DavisSuzanne PerkinsAnne HendrixsonRobin Potter NolascoElle Chan, F87Amy DonahueAmy Ziegler, F73Joanna Weinberg Lawless, F95Stephen DillonLee Schauer, parentJoseph CarryMichael Leff, parentApril MerleauxCatharine SmithDamon Hastings F11Linda GreenAlana KumbierSusan Etkind, alumAdam Quinn, F10 Amy Putnam, staffCasey AndrewsDeb GorlinJacqueline Hayden, EmeritaCat/Milo Bezark, F14, staffSheila HeadyDean Hubbard, F78Andrew ToomajianBeth MattisonBrianna Mercker, staff 2006-11Bea CusinLindsay Moon, alum, staffYogesh ChandraniJonathon Podolsky, alumSara Smith, F90Rob Herndon, Jr., parentMaya SungoldSuzanne Coffey, parentRaffi SherakLawrence Winship, EmeritusDavis Robinson S76Dan InglisChristopher JarvisJane Mezoff, F78Debra Michaud, F93Amy Dryansky, Staff, CBDRob Gogan, F70Stephen Gallant, parentDevin Morse, F10Faune AlbertMary BombardierCarrie GallantDemetria ShabazzElliot Oberholtzer, F07Alissa Graff, F10Bruce Quaglia F83, Former HAAP Coord. AdmissionsJustin Haines F91Joan Wattman, F74Alicia EllisFrederica J KossKarin Martin,F84Liza Neal, F91Ronna KabatznickAlynda Wood, F09Carollee BengelsdorfMarissa Jones, F04Tessa Stackow, F13Jonathan Diamond, F78Mia Pan, F12Amy Ferber F77, parent F16Deborah Agre F74Constance Valis Hill, EmeritaKassandra Neiss, F08Ellie SiegelMarianne Jansen Rollinson, F73Patricia MontoyaJennifer BomarcichAlexis SalasRobert CrollMelinda WilliamsSadie ShurbergBen Schaeffer, F93Lauren van Haaften-SchickJustine ZolloKate Browne F78Claudia LeffMilo Muise, F10Omar DahiCasey Chon, F14David AckleyStephan Cohen, F72Faune AlbertBijan PakdelJo Stein 76FLauren Mills