- Created by James McLean, last modified on Apr 13, 2022
From time to time, the Geneseo College Senate acts as the voice of the faculty, issuing statements on matters beyond the scope of internal governance. They are listed here in reverse chronological order, although they are frequently about topics of lasting significance, and immediacy is not an indication of significance.
Geneseo College Senate Statement on the War and Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine
Passed by the College Senate on 29 March 2022
The SUNY Geneseo College Senate condemns the unjustifiable full-scale invasion of Ukraine launched by the Russian leadership. We stand with the people of Ukraine as they resist this aggression and care for their loved ones. The unnecessary suffering and loss resulting from this war is horrifying.
The Russian state’s violent, deadly, and destructive attempts to redraw borders, overthrow governments, control civil society, besiege cities, and threaten civilians is part of an alarming trend: a growth of authoritarian movements across the globe which threatens the international order. We endorse the Statement on Ukraine by the American Association of Colleges and Universities, including its emphasis on the critical role that higher education, and liberal arts education in particular, can play in guarding against this rise of authoritarianism.
We call on both the College at Geneseo and the SUNY system to:
- Support current and potential students from Ukraine whose lives have been disrupted, or worse, by this war and humanitarian crisis. This should include offering reduced or free tuition, as has been done in previous crises. Assistance should be provided as needed to students from throughout that region, including our Russian and Belarusian students whose academic progress is negatively affected by this crisis.
- Support academic colleagues from Ukraine, including positions for displaced Ukrainian scholars, which could be remote.
- Showcase the scope and value of research, expertise, and scholarly debates within Geneseo on the history, geopolitics, political economy, and cultures of Ukraine, its neighbors, and its region.
We call on the Foundation Board to review Geneseo Foundation investments and divest any holdings from enterprises and companies that do business in Russia or support the Russian government.
Additionally, we call on the College at Geneseo to establish a fund, supported through charitable donations, which is dedicated to the support of students displaced by crises to attend the College. While students forced out of Ukraine may be the most immediate beneficiaries, we anticipate that in the future there will be other students who are unable to be in their homeland, whether due to war, oppression, or natural disasters.
College Senate Resolution in Support of the Black Lives Matter Movement
Approved by the College Senate Executive Committee on behalf of the College Senate on 11 June 2020
WHEREAS acts of racial violence, anti-Blackness, and institutional racism have a long history and are deeply embedded in our society; and
WHEREAS people of color, and Black people in particular, continue to be disproportionately harassed, abused, and killed by police in the contemporary United States; and
WHEREAS the senseless killing of George Floyd is just one example of a Black man killed at the hands of police; and
WHEREAS the recent killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, and Tony McDade are among countless tragic illustrations of the terrorization of Black and Brown people in the name of policing; and
WHEREAS this reality has been overlooked, ignored, and denied for generations; and
WHEREAS Black lives matter; and
WHEREAS nationwide protests have emerged to fight for racial justice and end police violence; and
WHEREAS these protests are occurring in the midst of a pandemic that is disproportionately killing people of color, for reasons that ultimately derive from that racist history; and
WHEREAS we recognize the toxic impact of systemic racism on our students, alumni, staff, faculty, and their families and communities; and
WHEREAS inclusivity and socially responsible global citizenry are central to the mission of SUNY Geneseo; and
WHEREAS institutions of higher education should be leaders in the practice of equity, community building, and civic engagement; and
WHEREAS the absence of an expression of solidarity with those protesting racial oppression communicates complicity with racial oppression; and
WHEREAS the SUNY Geneseo President has issued a statement of our College’s unwavering commitment to inclusivity as a core value and has called upon all members of our community to live that value by “identifying tangible ways in which we can advance our individual—and our collective—commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Examine and check our own privilege. Recognize and call out injustice where it exists. Commit to doing our part to enhance our campus climate and culture”; and
WHEREAS we recognize that the current policies and practices at SUNY Geneseo may play roles in upholding systemic racism.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that SUNY Geneseo faculty and staff offer our unwavering commitment of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement; students, alumni, staff, and faculty of color; and continued efforts toward the erasure of racial inequity and oppression.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SUNY Geneseo reaffirms our belief that hatred, intolerance, and institutional racism have no place within the Geneseo community.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SUNY Geneseo actively seeks and includes input from Black and other people of color and commits to reforming our current practices and policies that may play roles in upholding systematic racism.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SUNY Geneseo faculty and staff reflect on the ways our social status might have provided an advantage for us as individuals, and be compassionate to those disadvantaged.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SUNY Geneseo faculty and staff examine our individual spheres of influence and identify concrete ways we can improve our campus climate.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SUNY Geneseo faculty and staff speak up when we witness bias or injustice, and be allies to advocate for the equality, equity, dignity, and rights of those oppressed within our spheres of influence.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SUNY Geneseo dedicate the 2020–2021 academic year to the curricular and co-curricular (e.g., dialogue or lecture series, panel discussions, teach-ins) exploration of topics related to racial (in)equity, (in)justice, and movements for social change.
Resolution endorsed by: Geneseo Student Association, SUNY Geneseo Chapter of United University Professions
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