Here is the latest on the plan for today’s “Day of Reflection & Organization”:
I apologize for the late notice but based on additional feedback we have received from students we have made some alterations to today’s schedule of events–please read the below carefully. Also I want to announce that tomorrow we will have a required community teach in with conversations led by faculty and staff. Please watch email closely for more information and details later today. I want to thank everyone in advance for all of your support in working together to confront the serious issues facing our community.
Today in place of the Community Discussions scheduled from 10 am-2 pm there will be an Action Planning meeting beginning at 10:30 am-1:30 pm in Parrish Hall. This will be an educational and interactive space in which students, faculty, and staff can share experiences and ideas for action.
We will still have the Collection at 2-3 pm today in the Amphitheater and would like to see as many people there as possible. Please reach out to others and encourage them to join you. This is a critical moment and we need everyone’s participation and commitment to help us face the pressing issues and challenges before us. We all have an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to Swarthmore and each other by turning out both today and tomorrow. We encourage all faculty, staff, and students to join us in these efforts.
We will also still have the Community Meal from 5:00pm-7:00pm today in Sharples Dining Hall. This will be an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to talk and eat together. The President’s Office will cover the cost for faculty and staff members and students who are not on the meal plan who would like to take part in this meal. We hope you can join us.
We are hopeful that out of today’s discussions and tomorrow’s teach-in we can, as a collective, develop tangible next steps that will restore our community to one that feels and is safe and welcoming to all who live, learn, and work here.
Thank you for your patience and commitment to these important issues,
Liz Braun, Dean of Students
A previous email, send out late last night, had proposed the following occur:
We hope this letter finds you in the best of health and spirit, though we understand that in the current campus climate that may be difficult. We are all deeply disturbed by the recent developments on campus, and the feeling of fractured community that has resulted from them. As we walk around, we cannot help but feel as though the entire campus is holding its breath. The pain and frustration is palpable. We wanted to find a way to bring people together to consider what steps we need to take to move forward together and support each other. The thoughts and ideas shared here are a culmination of many talks that we have had with a number of colleagues and students in the past weeks in addition to our own personal reflections.
Tomorrow, Monday, May 6, 2013, we would like to have a “Day of Reflection & Organization.”
We know this is a busy time but we want to strongly encourage everyone to attend one or more of the events listed below. Please reach out to others and encourage them to join you. This is a critical moment and we need everyone’s participation and commitment to help us face the pressing issues and challenges before us. We all have an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to Swarthmore and each other by turning out tomorrow. We welcome all faculty, staff, and students to join us in these efforts.
The framework for the day will be as follows:
The venues for these discussions are Bond Memorial Hall, the Friends Meeting House & Kohlberg 116. There will be discussions during all three venues during all three times listed.
5:00pm-7:00pm Sharples Dining Hall
At first we thought it might be helpful to have specific topics for the community discussions, but given the wide range of issues before us, we feel that leaving the discussions open, so as not to exclude or marginalize any particular issues would be the best way to go. Each community discussion will have at least one faculty/staff moderator and one student moderator. At the close of each discussion, the 2 moderator/notetakers could relay the major points discussed, and could then either elect a speaker from their group, or elect to have one or both of the moderator/note-takers bring those points forth at collection.
During collection, each community discussion group will have the opportunity to share and of course any community members that feels moved to speak will be free to do so in the spirit of the guidelines we will establish at the beginning of the Collection.
Finally, we feel there is something about sharing a meal that can have a healing power, and it will also foster further communication. The President’s Office will cover the cost for faculty and staff members who would like to take part in this meal. We hope you can join us.
We are hopeful that out of tomorrow’s discussions we can, as a collective, develop tangible next steps that will restore our community to one that feels and is safe and welcoming to all who live, learn, and work here.
Satya Nelms, Wellness Coordinator
Joyce Tompkins, Interfaith Coordinator
Rebecca Chopp, President
Tom Stephenson, Provost
Liz Braun, Dean of Students
Pamela Prescod-Caesar, Vice-President for Human Resources