Yale Professors Recommit to Ethnic Studies Program They Left

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Yale Professors Recommit to Ethnic Studies Program They Left


NEW HAVEN — A little more than a month after 13 tenured Yale University professors withdrew their services from the Ethnicity, Race & Migration program, it has “received new institutional status and permanence” that will allow those faculty “to recommit” to the program, ER&M chairwoman Alicia Schmidt Camacho said.

The faculty members had announced announced the withdrawal in a release in March, citing “ administrative disinterest in the program, and the pattern of unfulfilled promises by the University.” The Yale Daily News first reported the return to the program.

“Our faculty withdrew their labor from the program earlier this term when we felt this work was unsustainable. As Chair, I am pleased to announce that ER&M has received new institutional status and permanence that will allow us to recommit to the Program,” Schmidt Camacho said in a post on the ER&M website.

“On behalf of my colleagues, I thank the Yale administration for affirming ER&M’s importance as a program that requires resources and standing on par with other academic units. We appreciate the efforts of President Peter Salovey, Dean Tamar Gendler, Dean Marvin Chun, Dean Amy Hungerford, and Dean Alan Gerber to ensure that ER&M will receive support to fulfill its mandate,” she said.

In March concern was broached that the university has failed to adequately support the Ethnicity, Race & Migration program, and question arose on the use of $50 million pledged to faculty diversification in 2015.

Schmidt Camacho said at the time that the decision to leave the program came after years of continued concern about the sustainability of the ER&M program and a lack of meaningful action on the part of the university administration. Though the university has acknowledged the problem and promised the program regular institutional status multiple times over the past 20 years, it never realized those assurances, Schmidt Camacho said. …

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