In support of #ScholarStrike

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Dear Renison Community,

Renison University College supports the #ScholarStrike action that is taking place at colleges and universities across North America on September 9 and 10.

We respect and support the rights of all faculty, staff and students who wish to participate in this action. This aligns very closely with the work that Renison has been pursuing in this area including the national anti-racism conference that Renison hosted last November, the anti-racism dialogue hosted by Dr. Kofi Campbell two weeks ago, and the ongoing development of Renison’s anti-racism task force, currently being led by Dr. Kathy Hogarth. We recognize that change can not happen without real action.

In alignment with the University of Waterloo, we are requesting the following from our leadership team and faculty:

  • Instructors who intend to cancel a scheduled class, delivered either in-person or online, should ensure they communicate any changes to their students in advance. This is particularly important during this first week of classes, when students are orienting themselves to new schedules and processes that are more unfamiliar than in normal times.
  • If students miss a class to participate in Scholar Strike, we encourage instructors to allow them the flexibility to keep up with their studies in other ways.
  • Staff who wish to participate in Scholar Strike activities should contact their supervisors to make individual arrangements. 
  • We are encouraging all leaders to be as accommodating as possible with individuals who express interest in participating in Scholar Strike activity or digital teach-ins.

There are additional resources available to staff, faculty and students through main campus, including the Equity Office which is available to support anyone on campus who experiences racism.

Wendy L. Fletcher,
President and Vice-Chancellor

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