“Faculty Statement” Issued from Chatham

The following is a statement issued by Chatham University on April 3, 2014. Chatham writes that the faculty issued this, “a Statement Regarding Consideration of Chatham College for Women Becoming a Co-educational College,” after a meeting at the end of March. We are printing the statement in its entirety, and you can click on the link to see the original blog post:

As the faculty of Chatham University, we implement the academic mission of the institution in our classrooms and through our mentorship and guidance of students. In making this statement, we contribute to the discussion in the Chatham community.

We are dedicated to the students and graduates of Chatham University and to the institution itself. It is once again time for Chatham University to change, and we are carefully considering how best to educate our students. We recognize that the proposal to become coeducational is based on the need to expand and enrich our undergraduate college in response to changing demographics and student interests in higher education. We want our students to have a range of choices in their majors and courses, vibrant classrooms, and robust programs. Therefore, the faculty of Chatham University conclude that the next logical step is for the Board of Trustees to consider coeducation to help us achieve these goals. We do not consider this option lightly nor do we consider it a panacea.

Regardless of the decision made by the Trustees, we remain committed to women’s empowerment and will work to ensure that women continue to be leaders, to have a strong voice in the classroom, and to learn in an environment that encourages women to realize their full potential. We also remain committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all people, irrespective of gender identity. We will work with the University community to continue the transformation needed to ensure the quality of the educational experience at Chatham. We look forward to having an integral role in future planning for the University, drawing on our collective expertise.

We ask the Board of Trustees at this time to explore every option, listen to all constituencies, and make a decision that will preserve and support undergraduate education at Chatham University.

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This so called faculty support of this decision was not announced on any of Chatham’s channels (e-mail or social media). It was posted quietly and anonymously on the feedback blog. Given that “take out the trash” kind of treatment of what would be a very big occurrence, and the fact that it has no names attached to it, we, as Save Chatham administrators, simply can’t give a statement like this any weight. Save Chatham has been public with the administrators behind our movement and we expect the same from any other body weighing in on this decision, regardless of opinion.

Chatham administration should answer the following:

  • Who are the faculty members included in this vote?
  • How many are graduate faculty? How many are undergraduate faculty?
  • How was this vote conducted?

We are growing increasingly frustrated with this “dialogue.” Due dilligence must be completed before a vote on this issue. The Board of Trustees have to consider all possible solutions and courses of action before moving forward with this monumental decision.

We hope that faculty members feel as though they can ask for open dialogue and information about the decision process. Save Chatham supports and respects the faculty that taught us to do the very same.

Signed,

The Save Chatham Movement Administrators

Alexa New Dawkins

Katherine DiStefano

Jennifer Grab

Nicole Hagan

Rachel Lunsford

Cait McCade

Kelly McKown

Sarah Stulga

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One response to ““Faculty Statement” Issued from Chatham”

  1. sandykmiquon says :

    Excellent questions; thank you for posing them!
    Sandy Kuritzky, ’73

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