19 November 2015
As the representative body of non-faculty employees of Amherst College, the Employee Council would like to express our support for Amherst Uprising and the growing student/campus movement for equity, inclusion, and dialogue here and beyond. We have been inspired to see the movement develop and to hear the stories of marginalized students, and we enthusiastically add our voices to the chorus of support.
The Employee Council has long been concerned with the need for a more diverse college staff. A diverse student body requires a diverse network of support staff, and we pledge to continue to work with Human Resources in this area. As advocates for College staff, we have witnessed and called attention to equity issues as they have emerged among our constituents, especially among our more vulnerable members. Your movement inspires us to continue this work.
Thank you for the work you are doing, have done, and will do in raising awareness of marginalization and inequity at Amherst College. You have our full attention and support.
The Amherst College Employee Council
Flora Chan, Office of Student Affairs
Bridget Dahill, Academic Technology Services, Secretary/Treasurer
Katherine Duke, Office of Communications
Cassie Funke-Harris, Physical Education, Co-Chair
Jessica Kem, Writing Center
Danielle Laferriere, Dining Services, Chair
Cindy Lepage, Library
Sarah McAlpine, Alumni & Parent Programs, Note Taker
Denise McGoldrick, Health Education
Beth Ollson, Alumni & Parent Programs
Donald Pittsinger, Mechanical
Tracie Rubeck, History
Ramon Rodriguez, Custodial Services
Paul Sorrentino, Religious and Spiritual Life