Open Letter from Faculty & Staff

[GMU faculty and staff – to sign letter, click here.]

April 7, 2016

As faculty and staff of George Mason University, we denounce the renaming of our law school after Antonin Scalia. This renaming undermines our mission as a public university and tarnishes our reputation. We also recognize it as an affront to those in our community who have been the targets of Scalia’s racism, sexism, and homophobia.

This multimillion dollar gift arrives at a moment of acute financial hardship at Mason, following years of declining state support. However, the values that Scalia affirmed from the bench do not reflect the values of our campus community. Further, the renaming decision was made without regard for faculty, staff, and student input and consent.

As a Supreme Court Justice, Scalia enacted direct harms to many in our student body, especially students of color, women, and LGBT students. To those students — and all students committed to realizing our university’s stated commitment to a diverse, accessible, and inclusive learning environment — we want to affirm publicly our commitment to fighting alongside them for a just world, beginning with a just university.

[GMU faculty and staff – to sign letter, click here.]

Signed (list in formation) –

Craig Willse, Cultural Studies
Bassam Haddad, School of Policy, Government & International Affairs
Paul Gorski, School of Integrative Studies
Jaime Lester, Higher Education Program
Eden King, Psychology
Johanna Bockman, Sociology and Anthropology
Ric Chollar, LGBTQ Resources
Matt Karush, History & Art History
Cynthia Kierner, History
Roger Lancaster, Cultural Studies
Paul Smith, Cultural Studies
Alison Landsberg, History and Art History
Joan Bristol, History and Art History
Kevin Rockmann, School of Business
Sumaiya Hamdani, History and Art History
Shelley Wong, Advanced Professional Teacher Development & International Education, College of Education & Human Development
Jumana Kamal, Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education
Jo-Marie Burt, School of Policy, Government & International Affairs
Mariely Lopez-Santana, School of Policy, Government & International Affairs
Jose Cortina, Psychology
Steven Weinberger, Program in Linguistics, Dept. of English
Dina Copelman, History and Cultural Studies
Eric Anderson, English
Paige Wolf, School of Business
Lisa Eckenwler, Philosophy
Giovanna Chesler, Film and Video Studies
Claire Huschle, Arts Management Program
Sue Wrbican, School of Art
Mary Oberlies, University Libraries
Michele Greet, History
Bethany Letiecq, Human Development and Family Science
Rachael Goodman, College of Education and Human Development
Colleen Vesely, College of Education and Human Development
Elizabeth DeMulder, College of Education and Human Development
Joseph Williams, Counseling and Development
Jesse Rabinowitz, Counseling and Development
Tracey Bell, Arts Management Program
Rebecca Diemer, School of Business Graduate Programs (and PhD student in Education)
Jason Byrd, University Libraries
Shaoxian Yu, INTO George Mason
Maggie Edwards, Arts Management
Viviana Maggioni, Civil, Environmental and Infrastructural Engineering
Tyler Teagle, School of Music
Nicole Springer, Visual and Performing Arts
Denise Albanese, English and Cultural Studies
Meredith Lair, Department of History & Art History
Rashmi Sadana, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology
Nancy Hanrahan, Sociology & Anthropology
Timothy Gibson, Department of Communication
Ahsan Butt, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
Rodney Hopson, College of Education and Human Development
Deborah Kaplan, English
Rabia Datta, LGBTQ Resources
Michael Zell, ITU Star Lab
Mark Hopson, Communication
Eric McGlinchey, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
Yevette Richards Jordan, History and Art History
Cynthia Fuchs, Film and Media Studies
Jennifer Leeman, Modern & Classical Languages
Char Miller, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
Carol Cleaveland, Social Work
David Kuebrich, English
Benjamin Cowan, History and Art History
Jennifer Barry, History, Art History Department
Amanda Myers, Criminology, Law, and Society
Victoria Hoverman, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Agnieszka Paczynska, School for Conflict Analysis
Dennis Ritchie, Department of Social Work
Esperanza Román Mendoza, Modern and Classical Languages
Mika’il Petin, African and African American Studies (Doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies)
Roger Lathbury, English
Tamara Harvey, English
Sonya Douglass Horsford, College of Education and Human Development
Shahron Williams van Rooij, Learning Technologies, CEHD
Karen Wolf, Office of Technology Integration, University Life
Al Fuertes, School of Integrative Studies
Angie Hattery, Women and Gender Studies
Zeher, Office of the University Registrar
Courtney Burkey, The Center for Outdoor Experiential Learning, The EDGE
Jana Fryman, Living Learning Community Development
George D. Oberle III, University Libraries and Department of History and Art History
JP Singh, Global Affairs, Cultural Studies, and SPGIA
Sina Gallo, College of Health and Human Services
Dennis Hicks, Student Involvement
Cassie Ammen, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Amena, LGBTQ Resources
Jay Moon, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Kristien Zenkov, College of Education and Human Development
Elli Ambros, Criminology, Law and Society
Angela Castaneda, Criminology
Kristien Zenkov, College of Education and Human Development
Francisco Rodriguez, Management
Alyssa Grover, Psychology
Brittany Kerfoot, English
Andy Tapia, Volgenau School of Engineering
Kathleen Pena, Volgenau School of Engineering
Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study
David Kravitz, School of Business
Dina Bicking, Women and Gender Studies
Shabnam Jhomajujahi, Criminology, Law and Society
Megan Brett, Department of History and Art History
Brendan Lam, CHSS
Devin Limo, Admissions
Stephanie Boscovitch , Mason LIFE Liaison
Patricia Potter, College of Education
Barb Gomperts, English
Kris Nagy, Modern and Classical Languages
Vicki Kirsch, Department of Social Work
Sheri Sorvillo, English
Amory Langley, Mason LIFE Program
Jay Patel, English
Kelly Hendrickson, School of Art
Wayne Adams, School of Art
Ilham Nasser, College of Education and human development
Scott Miceli, Music Technology
Eric Eisner, English
Jennifer A. Crewalk, Diversity Inclusion & Multicultural Education
Lesley Harris, IT
Erin Geiger, Child Development Center
Laura Cordisco Tsai, Department of Social Work
Ted Kinnaman, Philosophy
Rebecca A. Walter, Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Education
Pamela Garner, School of Integrative Studies
Suzanne Scott Constantine, School of Integrative Studies/New Century College
Stefan Wheelock, English
Kimberly Sheridan, College of Education
Paul Snodgrass, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Dan Joyce, School of Dance, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Teejay Brown, ODIME
Carol Petty, Sociology and Anthropology
Jandos Rothstein, School of Art
Cooley, School of Art
Carole Rosenstein, Arts Management
Rebekah Mejorado, Film and Video Studies
Thomas Stanley, VSGI/CVPA
Chawky Frenn, School of Art
Laura Jenemann, University Libraries
Gail Scott White, School of Art
Louis Garcia, Communication
Alan Abramson, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
Courtney Brkic Newbold, English
Roger LeBlanc, Office of Sustainability
Kara Oakleaf, English
Giulia Manno, Office of Sustainability
Jane Turner Censer, History and Art History
Jessica Scarlata, English
Cody Snyder, Computer Science
Rusty Shackleford, Adjunct – Contagion Sciences
Karen Bagley, Counseling and Psychological Services
Martin Winkler, Modern and Classical Languages
Sylvia Sanchez, College of Education and Human Development
Stacia Stribling, College of Education and Human Development

In support (students, alums, former staff) –

Elisabeth Havinga, Alumni
Beth Sauter , TEM student
Andrea Rutan, Cultural Studies
Basak Durgun , Cultural Studies
Andrea Rutan, Cultural Studies
Basak Durgun , Cultural Studies
Lashona Webb, GMU ALUM
Joseph Yates, GMU-TV (former staff)
Rebecca Miller, Alumni- GMU Law
Rachel, Tragain
Aekta Bandodker , GMU Child Development Center
Amina Zeidan, Dept. of Global and Community Health (Almuna)
Stephanie Sanlorenzo, School of Business
Shayna Krammes, College of Health and Human Services, President of Social Work Student Association
Beth Bullard, Music (retired)
Annie Hui, Cultural Studies
Kayla Keener, Cultural Studies
David Zeglen, Cultural Studies
Kirby Malone, Alumni and former School of Art faculty
Dylan Smith, Alumni
Dylan Smith, Alumni
José Calvo, GMU Law Alumni
Beverly Harp , Global Affairs
Robert L. Pilaud, J.D., 2001
Hanna Kras, Alum
Leslie Woodruff, GMU Law alumni

 

 

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