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If we are all Notre Dame, then this is a fight for all of us

| Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Dear Savanna Morgan and other members of End Hate at ND

We Notre Dame faculty and staff members are outraged by the sexist, racist and homophobic abuse you and other students have suffered, and continue to suffer, from far too many of your fellow students.

We stand by you in urging Notre Dame administrators responsible for residential life to change policies that put women, people of color, LGBTQ+ and other marginalized students at risk daily of physical and emotional harm.

We believe that Notre Dame administrators should intensify their efforts to hold perpetrators of such hate accountable for violating the standards of conduct stipulated in du Lac and suggested by the University’s mission statement.

The University should also hold accountable those who stood by, saw and heard what happened, and yet did nothing to intervene or call out the words and actions of those who abused you. We pledge to  “call it out when we see it,” as you request; we urge everyone to do the same.

We agree that, in light of recent events, long-standing traditions like parietals should be analyzed and reconsidered. For example, what kinds of subliminal messages do parietals give our students about who should be “us” and who should be “kicked out” of residence halls as “not us,” night after night?

We promise to help change the culture of privilege, entitlement, xenophobia and hatred at Notre Dame not only through our own critical reflection as people and educators, but also by ensuring that people of color, women, indigenous people, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, people of low socioeconomic status and others who are deprivileged and marginalized are powerfully represented in our courses, classrooms and other Notre Dame activities and events.

We support End Hate’s demand that the University build much stronger relationships with indigenous communities, especially the Pokagon and Potawatomi people, who continue to inhabit this region as an indigenous sovereign nation, both to work towards justice and because we believe this relationship could be profoundly educational for our students and ourselves.

We speak up about these matters both as members of this community and as educators who bear witness to the growing disconnect between the institutions of Notre Dame student life and the central academic mission of the University.

The burden of changing Notre Dame’s campus culture is not yours alone to bear. If we are all Notre Dame, then this is a fight for all of us. Justice, equality, inclusion and respect are what we fight for. #[email protected]

 

In solidarity,

Christopher Abram — Associate Professor, English

Pedro A. Aguilera-Mellado — Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Zyg Baranski  — R.L. Canala Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures

Katrina Barron — Associate Professor, Mathematics

Kevin Barry — ND Learning

Christine Becker — Associate Professor, Film, Television, and Theatre

Gail Bederman — Associate Professor, History and Gender Studies

Jennifer Betz — Assistant Director, International Peace Studies Concentration, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Pamela Blair –– Program Assistant, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Alessia Blad –– Teaching Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Patricia Blanchette –– Professor, Philosophy

Susan D. Blum — Professor, Anthropology

Catherine E. Bolten — Associate Professor, Anthropology and Peace Studies

Katie Boyle — Associate Teaching Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Lindsey Breitwieser –– Postdoctoral Fellow, Gender Studies

Pam Butler –– Associate Director, Gender Studies

Mariana Candido — Associate Professor, History, Gender Studies, Africana Studies

Linnie Caye — Program Coordinator, Gender Studies

Neil Chase — Preventive Conservation Specialist, Hesburgh Libraries

Meredith Chesson — Associate Professor, Anthropology; Concurrent Associate Professor, Gender Studies

Tarryn Chun — Assistant Professor, Film, Television, and Theatre

Aedín Clements — Irish Studies Librarian

Philippe Collon — Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Physics

Erin B. Corcoran — Executive Director, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Fred Dallmayr — Packey J. Dee Professor Emeritus, Philosophy and Political Science

Noreen Deane-Moran –– Associate Teaching Professor, English

Jane Doering — Director Emerita of the Teachers as Scholars Program

William Collins Donahue –– Cavanaugh Professor of the Humanities, German and Russian

Margaret Doody — John and Barbara Glynn Family Professor of Literature, English

Kevin Dreyer — Associate Professor, Film, Television, and Theatre

John Duffy — Professor, English; O’Malley Director, University Writing Program

Amitava Krishna Dutt — Professor, Political Science

Stephen M. Fallon — Cavanaugh Professor of the Humanities, PLS and English

Juan Flores Ramirez — Business Manager, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Claudia Francis — Assistant Director, Hesburgh Program in Public Service

Agustin Fuentes — The Edmund P. Joyce C.S.C. Professor of Anthropology; Chair, Anthropology

Anne Garcia-Romero — Associate Professor, Film, Television, and Theatre

Korey Garibaldi —  Assistant Professor, American Studies

Johannes Göransson –– Associate Professor, Creative Writing and English

Karen Graubart — Associate Professor of History, Gender Studies, and Romance Languages and Literatures

Barbara Green –– Professor, English and Concurrent Faculty Gender Studies

Perin Gürel — Assistant Professor, American Studies

Talisha Haltiwanger Morrison –– Associate Director, University Writing Center; Assistant Teaching Professor, University Writing Program

Darlene Hampton — Associate Advising Professor, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies, College of Arts and Letters

Susan Cannon Harris — Professor, English and Irish Studies

Marius B. Hauknes — Assistant Professor, Art, Art History & Design

Hannah Heinzekehr –– Communications Program Director, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Ben A. Heller –– Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Peter Holland — Professor, Film, Television and Theatre

Coleen Hoover — Program Coordinator (retired), Creative Writing Program

Romana Huk — Associate Professor, English

Scott Jackson — Executive Director, Shakespeare at Notre Dame

Katie Jarvis — Assistant Professor, History

Debra Javeline –– Associate Professor, Political Science

Lionel M. Jensen — Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Asís Martínez Jerez –– Associate Professor, Accountancy

Felicia Johnson O’Brien –– Assistant Director SSLP, Center for Social Concerns

CJ Jones — Associate Professor of German, German and Russian Languages and Literatures

Essaka Joshua — Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, College of Arts and Letters

Sarah Joswick — Archivist for Records Management

Anton Juan — Professor, Film, Television, and Theatre

Samantha Juárez — Assistant Director of Study Abroad, Notre Dame International

Encarnación Juárez-Almendros — Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Michael Kackman — Associate Teaching Professor, Film, Television, and Theatre

Michelle Karnes — Associate Professor, English

Asher Kaufman — Professor, History and Peace Studies; Director, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Mary Celeste Kearney — Associate Professor, Film, Television, and Theatre; Director, Gender Studies

Eve Kelly — Assistant Advising Professor, Center for University Advising

Tara Kenjockety — Branch Library Coordinator, Chemistry Physics Library

Sandra Klein, Assoc. Librarian, Kresge Law Library

Janet Kourany — Associate Professor, Philosophy and Gender Studies

Katherine Kovar –– Assistant Director of Study Abroad, Notre Dame International

Julia Kowalski — Assistant Professor, Global Affairs

Daniel Lapsley — Professor, Psychology

Charles Leavitt — Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Erin Moira Lemrow–Assistant Advising Faculty, First Year Arts and Letters

Jade Liggett — Learning Designer, Notre Dame Learning

Sonja Mapes — Associate Professor of the Practice, Mathematics

Elizabeth Aura McClintock –– Associate Professor, Sociology

Rebecca Tinio McKenna — Assistant Professor, History

Olivier Morel — Associate Professor, Film, Television and Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literatures

María José Fernández Moreno — Assistant Teaching Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Marisel Moreno — Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Grant Mudge — Ryan Producing Artistic Director, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival/Shakespeare at Notre Dame

Amy Mulligan –– Assistant Professor, Irish Language and Literature

Laurie Nathan — Professor of the Practice of Mediation, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Lisa Oglesbee — Assistant Professor and Coordinator of English for Academic Purposes, Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures

María Rosa Olivera-Williams –– Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Caitlyn Paulsen –– Program Coordinator, Peace Accords Matrix and Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Matthew Thomas Payne — Associate Professor, Film, Television, and Theatre

Dianne Pinderhughes — Professor, Africana Studies and Political Science

Ann Marie R. Power — Emerita Associate Special Professional Faculty, Sociology

Clark Power — Professor, Program of Liberal Studies

Ava Preacher — Emerita Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies, College of Arts and Letters

Tom Purekal — Program Director, Innovation and Practice Division, Pulte Institute

Sarah Quesada –– Assistant Professor, English, Latino Studies, Africana Studies

Michael Rea — Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy

Alison Rice — Associate Professor, French and Francophone Studies

Karen Richman — Director, Undergraduate Studies, Institute for Latino Studies
and Creole Language and Culture Program

Allie Richthammer — Senior Staff Assistant, Notre Dame International

Francisco Robles — Assistant Professor, English, Latino Studies, Gender Studies

Joseph Elkanah Rosenberg — Assistant Professor, Program of Liberal Studies

Jason Ruiz — Associate Professor, American Studies

Mark A. Sanders — Professor, English and Africana Studies

Valerie Sayers –– William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English

Catherine Schlegel — Associate Professor, Classics

Siiri Scott  — Teaching Professor, Film, Television, and Theatre

Tiziana Serafini –– Associate Teaching Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Lisa Shroyer — Senior Assistant Director, Notre Dame International

Jessica Shumake — Assistant Teaching Professor, University Writing Program and Gender Studies

Cheri Smith — Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries

Vania Smith-Oka, Associate Professor, Anthropology

Marcus Stephens — Associate Professor of the Practice, Film, Television, and Theatre

Jim Sterba — Professor of Philosophy

Laura Stipic — Associate Director, Study Abroad

Sonja Stojanovic — Assistant Professor, French and Gender Studies

Maria Tomasula  — Professor, Art, Art History and Design

Steve Tomasula — Professor, English

Anna K. VanOverberghe — Assistant Director for Academic Administration and Undergraduate Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Anre Venter –– Director of Undergraduate Studies, Psychology

Christine Venter –– Director, Legal Writing Program, Law School

Patrick L. Vivirito — Associate Teaching Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Laura Walls — Professor, English

Robert Walls — Assistant Teaching Professor, American Studies

Emily Wang — Assistant Professor, Russian

Xian Wang –– Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Leonor Wangensteen –– Associate Advising Faculty, First Year Advising

Hannelore Weber — Emerita Teaching Professor, German and Russian

Richard Williams — Professor, Sociology

Todd Whitmore — Associate Professor, Theology; Concurrent Associate Professor, Anthropology

Pamela Robertson Wojcik — Professor, Film, Television, and Theatre; Concurrent Professor Gender and American Studies

Christina Wolbrecht — Professor, Political Science

Dec. 9

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