November 18, 2011
To Our Berkeley Friends:
As the activism of Berkeley students, Graduate Student Instructors, and faculty makes statewide and national news, we feel it is our responsibility and our ethical obligation as students, instructors, and faculty at UCLA’s English Department to recognize the events that transpired last Wednesday and express our continuing support of the members who have given their time to take a stance for higher education.
In specific, we express our solidarity with the faculty, GSIs, and students who are together actively vocalizing their concerns to the public, to the Regents, and to State legislators. We also endorse and express solidarity with the commitment to nonviolence of these protests, a nonviolence particularly stark in light of the arrests of students and faculty and the brutality perpetrated by police forces at the November 9th demonstration.
As the entire UC system faces uncertainty over the future of state support, and as the burden of financing our studies is increasingly passed on to undergraduates even as university services are reduced, it is all the more imperative to acknowledge the ways in which the actions at Berkeley speak for the interests of all of us at UCLA and in our sister departments statewide.
While we are aware that the decision to participate in recent protests is an individual choice for any student, GSI, or faculty member, and that our department as a whole cannot endorse the particularities of these actions, nonetheless we celebrate that the actions of our colleagues reinforce a commitment to our students and to the project of maintaining education as a public good.
Therefore, we reiterate our ongoing appreciation, support, and commitment to our friends and colleagues at Berkeley and to our collective future.
Boris Dralyuk, Lecturer in Slavic Languages and Literatures
Chris Chism, Associate Professor of English
Christopher Looby, Professor of English
Christopher Mott, Lecturer in English
Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Associate Professor of English
Helen Deutsch, Professor of English
Jenny Sharpe, Professor of English
Jinqi Ling, Associate Professor of English
Kathleen A. McHugh, Professor of English
King-Kok Cheung, Professor of English and Asian American Studies
Matthew Fisher, Assistant Professor of English
Michael Meranze, Professor of History
Rachel C. Lee, Associate Professor of English
Rafael Perez-Torres, Professor of English
Reed Wilson, Adjunct Professor of English
Richard Yarborough, Associate Professor of English
Yogita Goyal, Associate Professor of English
Graduate Students in English, Comparative Literature, and Women’s Studies
Alex E. Hernandez
Joyce Pualani Warren
Robert Kyriakos Smith