Centering inclusiveness in the College’s educational mission: A call for renewed attention to issues of minority faculty and staff well-being

With the recent leaves of Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Kai Green ’07 and Assistant Professor of English Kimberly Love, the College’s need to foster an inclusive environment to support faculty and staff from all backgrounds and of all identities has become ever more apparent. This concern has been long-standing; the Faculty-Staff Initiative (FSI) Report in 2009 centered the retention of faculty and staff of color as a pressing issue.

Letter from the editor

Last week, we reported that Kimberly Love, assistant professor of English, and Kai Green ’07, assistant professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies, had canceled their spring semester courses. Love had cited “the College’s violent practices” as the reason for her departure in an email to students enrolled in her courses; Green had written in an email to a reporter that the College was “not a safe place” for them.

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, 

Does Williams have a speech problem, as some of my faculty colleagues have asserted? While there is no question that the notion of freedom of speech put forth in the First Amendment has been complicated in interesting but challenging ways in recent years, I would submit that what Williams has – mirroring the rest of our culture – is more of a listening problem.