The number of BIPOC faculty being cut is not the only issue. Racist professors still having a job and being protected by tenure needs to be addressed.
Only 12.2% of faculty members identify as people of color. However, the college does not publicly share this information broken down by faculty rank.
The restaurant industry, which thrives on tourism and the ability for people to gather together in a space, has been hit extra hard by the pandemic.
It would be strategic for us to work on healing these traumas and learning how to offer each other compassion, even within stark disagreement.
A robust commitment to collaborative shared governance is needed now to move the college through this dark time and ensure that the college thrives.