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Open Letters to the Campus Community

Messages from the Women's Studies Program to members of the campus community.

Letter from Faculty in Response to Racism Incident

April 4, 2018

DEAR STUDENTS AND ALL WHO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH ANTI-RACISM / ANTI-OPPRESSION:

This letter comes with a slight delay, riding now on the dirty coattails of what was a violent disregard for our Asian/American and Chinese students’ humanity and sense of belonging last week. Yet we know that the hate scrawled on our student’s bedroom door—the gateway to a space of sanctuary and alleged safety—drags along with it a long and tragic history of anti-Chinese and anti-Asian violence, a regrettable but real part of this nation’s foundation. But we know too that for every act of racist violence there has also always been resistance.

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Open Letter to the Colgate Community and, Especially, to Our Students (re: 2016 Presidential Election)

November 10, 2016

To the Colgate community, We are at a very difficult crossroads: we witness the chasms that seem to divide us as people in the United States and across the globe. As we have seen over the past year, these distances and differences often take clearest form in our political contests: in the impasse that marks so many conversations on critical issues and in our individual and communal allegiances to the ideologies that guide — and divide — us.

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An Open Letter to Students from Women's Studies (re: Sexual Violence on Campus)

November 16, 2015

Dear Colgate Community,

We in Women’s Studies are troubled by the culture of sexual violence on campus. We have been deeply moved by survivors’ testimonies over the course of last week, accounts we have heard repeated for too many years. We affirm that many of our students are hurting. We are present with you; we are listening. We support your activism.

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