An updated letter from Emerson professors to students

by Emerson Professors • September 9, 2015

We, the undersigned faculty wish to communicate to the student body, and in particular to those who participated in the student occupation of Faculty Assembly to protest racism in and beyond the classroom at Emerson, that we applaud your courage in taking over faculty space, disrupting business as usual, and confronting us with the truth of your experiences. We want you to know that we listened to you carefully; we heard your pain, your anger, your exhaustion, and your demands; we support your efforts; and we pledge to move from conversation to effective action in the fight against racism at Emerson.

Debra Acquavella

Nancy Allen

Susanne Althoff

John Anderson

Claire Andrade-Watkins

Paul Anskat

Jabari Asim

Emily Avery-Miller

Elizabeth Baeten

Morgan Baker

Miranda Banks

Claude Bartholomew

Manuel Basanese

Lindsay Beamish

Lindsey Beck

Melia Bensussen

Michael Bent

Samuel Binkley

Gaynor Banford

Brynna Bloomfield

Dae Bogan

Josie Bray

Israela Brill-Cass

Barry Brodsky

Amelia Broome

Cheryl Buchanan

Marc J. Cantor

Claudia Castañeda

Jena Castro-Casbon

Yuri Cataldo

Rob Cavanagh

Yu-jin Chang

Ken Cheeseman

Frank Chindamo

Brecken Chinn

Sharmistha Roy Chowdhury

Joanne Ciccarello

Robert Colby

Martie Cook

Angela Cooke-Jackson

Tom Cooper

Cristina Kotz Cornejo

Brian Cronin

Catherine D'Ignazio

Melissa Daley

Benoit Denizet-Lewis

Shannon Derby

Lisa Dierks

William Donoghue

Kathleen Donohue

John Donovan

Robert Dulgarian

Owen Eagan

Robb E. Eason

Cathryn Edelstein

Jen Farrell

Elizabeth Fausak

Ken Feil

Marc Fields

Maria Flook

John Craig Freeman

Indira Ganesan

Mneesha Gellman

John Gianvito

Nigel Gibson

Christin Gilmer

Marsha Della Giustina

Jon Goldberg

Flora Gonzalez

Eric Gordon

Jared M. Gordon

Michelle Graham

Craig Grant

Bianca Janssen Groesbeek

June Guertin

Julie Gustafson

Paul Hackett

Lise Haines

Jackie Hall

Kathy Hassinger

Christopher Hennessy

Julie Hennrikus

DeWitt Henry

Stephanie  Heroux

Ted Hewlett

Sarah Hickler

Julian Higgins

Steve Himmer

Richard Hoffman

Jon Honea

Barry Horwitz

Judith Hull

Jennie Israel

Alden Jones

Roy Kamada

Shiri Katz-Gershon

Joe Keener III

Raht Ketusingha

Brooke Knight

Cher Knight

Janet Kolodzy

Kristina Kopic

Mary Kovaleski

Daniela Kukrechtova

Jim Lane

Jerry Lanson

Joanne Lasker

De-nin Lee

Jamie  Rosenblum Lichtenstein

Kristin Lieb

Theodore Life

Gian Lombardo

Anthony Lowrie

Nicholas Manley

Christina Marin

Megan Marshall

Craig Mathers

Gail Mazur

Eileen McBride

Charles McCarry

Brenna McCormick

Caitlin McGill

Kimberly McLarin

Thomas McNeely

Peter Medeiros

Maurice Methot

Paul Mihailidis

Amissa Miller

Cynthia Miller

Kevin Miller

Cara Moyer-Duncan

Pablo Muchnik

Mary Mulderig

Yasser Munif

Amy Vashlishan Murray

Paula Musegades

Vinicius Navarro

Bethany Nelson

Bob Nesson

Russell Newman

Courtney O'Connor

Pamela Painter

Billy Palumbo

Elizabeth Parfitt

Carol Parikh

Jeffrey Phelps

Jennifer Porst

Andre Puca

Nejem Raheem

Kathryn Ramey

Camilo Ramirez

Lu Ann Reeb

Linda Reisman

Tim Riley

Melinda Robins

Cindy Rodríguez

Magda Romanska

Dana Rosengard

Anna Ross

Nancy Salzer

Scott Sanders

Eiki Satake

Jane Pierce Saulnier

Eric Schaefer

Peter Seronick

Stephen Shane

Jane Shattuc

Lauren Shaw

Maureen Shea

Allyson Sherlock

Diana Sherry

Sara Simons

Carole Simpson

John Skoyles

Tulasi Srinivas

Jean Stawarz

Sunil Swaroop

Geoff Tarulli

Mirta Tocci

John Trimbur

Michael Tucker

Paul Turano

Daniel Viafore

Meta Wagner

Jerald Walker

Wendy Walters

Shujen Wang

Claudia Ward-de Leon

Cathy Waters

Daniel Weaver

Michael  Weiler

Eric Weiss

Richard West

Douglass Whynott

Erika Williams

Brenda Wrigley

Marlena Yannetti

Steve Yarbrough

Seounmi Han Youn

This letter was originally sent to the Berkeley Beacon on May 7, 2015.  As the time period available for collecting signatures was very limited, the letter has been re-circulated this fall so that all faculty who wished to sign it could do so. We ask readers to recognize that it might coincide with other faculty efforts to address issues of racism on campus in the wake of last spring's student actions.