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[FordistributiontotheAllStaff&FacultyDL,GreenerCommons,andtheCooperPointJournal,with

theexpectationthatitisapublicdocument.]

June2,2017

AsEvergreenfacultymembers:

Weacknowledgethatallofuswhohavepowerwithintheinstitutionshareresponsibilityforthe
racistactionsofothers.Furthermore,thoseofuswhoarewhitebearaparticularlylargeshareofthat
responsibility.

Weacknowledgethatwehaveagreatdealofworktodoinordertohonorandliveuptothe
demandsmadebystudentleadersduringlastweeksprotests.
(http://cooperpointjournal.com/2017/05/27/complete-list-of-student-demands).

Weacknowledgethatstudentsofcolorandotherswhoareunderrepresentedandunderservedhave
beenvoicingtheirdemandstousforsometime(throughtheStudentsofColorFocusGroupsof
2014,throughtheirparticipationinauthoringtheStrategicEquityPlanfromNovember,inCooper
PointJournalcoverage,forexample)andwehavenotyettrulylistenedandacted.

Weacknowledgestudentsrighttoprotest,andaffirmPresidentBridgesrecentdecisionnottouse
themisguidedlanguageofthecurrentStudentConductCodetopunishtheprotestors.

Wevehementlyrejecttheclaimthatstudentshavebeenviolentsimplybecausetheyhavebeenloud
andemphatic.Thereisadifferencebetweenexercisingtherighttofreelyvoiceanopinionand
incitingviolenceandthatdifferencehasnothingtodowithvolumeorforcefulness.Wesupport
thedemandsmadebystudentsandhonorthepositiveinstitutionalchangetheyhavealready
achievedthroughtheirprotests.

Ourmosturgentdemands(below)centeronthesafetyofthoseindividualswhoarecurrentlymost
atrisk.Atthesametime,weacknowledgethatintheweeksandmonthstocomeourattentionwill
needtoturntothelargerstructuralissuesstudentshaveidentified.

Insolidaritywithstudents,wecommitourselvesto:
*Participatingactivelyandself-criticallyintheannualmandatorytrainingsspecifiedinthe
MemorandumofUnderstandingrecentlysignedbytheUFEandmanagementbargainingteams.
*Holdingeachotheraccountablewhenweactinracistwaysagainstourcolleaguesorourstudents,
accordingtosharedlanguageandunderstandingdevelopedinthetrainings.
*HoldingPresidentBridgesaccountabletothepromiseshemadeattheall-campusforumonMay
26,2017,andtotheprocessofongoingdialoguewithstudentleaders.
*ActivelysupportingtheStrategicPlanputforwardbytheEquityandInclusionCouncil,including
providingsubstantivesupporttotheVicePresident&ViceProvostofEquityandInclusiontasked
withimplementingandextendingtheirwork.

Insolidaritywithstudents,wecallfortheEvergreenadministrationto:
*Centerstudentperspectivesinapersistentmediaapproachtocounterthealt-rightnarrativesthat
aredemonizingEvergreenandDayofAbsencespecifically.
*Takeseriouslythethreatsmadetoindividualcommunitymembersanduseallavailable
institutionalresourcestoprotectthem.
*DemonstrateaccountabilitybypursuingadisciplinaryinvestigationagainstBretWeinstein
accordingtoguidelinesintheSocialContractandFacultyHandbook.Weinsteinhasendangered
faculty,staff,andstudents,makingthemtargetsofwhitesupremacistbacklashbypromulgating
misinformationinpublicemails,onnationaltelevision,innewsoutlets,andonsocialmedia.

Weareangryandfrustratedandconcerned.Wealsobelieve,however,thatiftheCollegecanmuster
ameaningfulcollectiveresponsetorecentevents,thiscanbeapowerfulleverforgrowthinstudent
numbers,success,andequityandforfutureinstitutionalchange.Weurgetheadministrationnotto
leadwithfear,oradesiretosuppressstudentsvoices.Weurgethemtolettheenergyandclarityof
thosevoicescarryusforward.

Insolidarity,theundersignedfaculty,

AliceNelson
AllenOlson
AnnedeMarcken
AnneFischel
AnthonyZaragoza
BenKamen
CarolynProuty
CatalinaOcampo
CheriLucas-Jennings
ChuckPailthorp
CynthiaKennedy
EirikSteinhoff
ElizabethWilliamson
EmilyLardner
ErinGenia
GildaSheppard
JanysM.Murphy
JayW.Stansell
JeanMandeberg
JeanneHahn
JeffGlassman
JudithGabriele
JuliaZay
JulieLevinRusso
KarenGaul
KathleenEamon
LarryMosqueda
LaurieMeeker
LeslieFlemmer
LinNelson
LisaSweet
LizaRognas
LuciaHarrison
LynarraFeatherly
MichiThacker
PaulMcCreary
PaulPrzybylowicz
PaulineYu
PeterBohmer
RonJ.Smith
RuthHayes
SandraYannone
SarahPedersen
SavvinaChowdhury
SeytaSelter
ShawOsha
SonjaWiedenhaupt
StevenFlusty
SunshineCampbell
TedWhitesell
TomWomeldorff
VauhnFoster-Grahler
ZoltanGrossman

Staffinsolidarity,

AlexisCariello
AndreaMartin
AngelaSpoja
DorotheaCollins
EmmieForman
GraceFisher
JadonBerry
JayninaSmith-Prince
KaileAdney
MarianneHoepli
MichellePope
RileyRex
RipHeminway
StefanieBrennan
SteveBakker
TroyKochel
TyroneSomerville