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Save the Women's Studies program at WSU

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Today, students at the UW recieved the below forwarded email from Linda Heidenreich, PhD and Chair, Department of Women's Studies at Washington State University. We are outraged that the Women's Studies program at WSU is being targeted for elimination. Please SIGN THIS PETITION and reach out to the contacts listed below and let them know that this is unacceptable! -------------------------------------------- The Women's Studies program at WSU is being targeted for elimination. At Washington State University our Department of Women's Studies is now under attack. While formal plans have not yet been unveiled by our upper administration, the lack of integrity involved in the decision making process has encouraged several people, involved in those processes, to speak out about the proposed plans. And so we know that the Department of Women's Studies is targeted to be dismantled: our clinical faculty are to be fired and the remaining faculty cobbled together in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies. We are asking that our colleagues and allies write letters of support to the dean of our college, the provost and the president of Washington State University, and to the Governor of the State, Christine Gregoire. Contact information: E-mail or Call WSU President Elson S. Floyd: or or Call: (509) 335-1066 or (509) 335-6666 E-mail WSU Provost Warwick M. Bayly: or or Call: (509) 335-5381 E-mail WSU Board of Regents: E-mail WSU CLA Dean Douglas Epperson: or Call: (509) 335-4582 E-mail, Fax, or Call WA State Governor Chris Gregoire: Fax a Letter to: (360) 753-4110 Call: (360) 902-4111 Specific issues that we are addressing in our discussions with WSU administrators include: * Both clinical faculty whose jobs are to be terminated have worked at WSU building the university and department for over 15 years. One is co-author of a successful grant which brought $886,505 to the university, the other is co-editor of an anthology of cutting-edge Asian American women's scholarship published by a nationally recognized journal in our field, both through their service and scholarship, provide critical links between the university and underrepresented communities. * On a campus where hate crimes are a recurring problem and where two LGBT students were physically assaulted just this year, Women's Studies remains a center for the production of knowledges surrounding sex and gender inequalities, a leader in LGBT Studies in the Pacific Northwest, and a support for LGBT and women students. * Our relatively young faculty, with two tenured faculty, three junior faculty and two clinical faculty, have a robust track record in publications: 13 reports, 3 books, 2 anthologies (edited), 15 chapters in anthologies, and 27 articles in refereed journals.

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