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Profile for 21st Century Presidency

Profile for a 21st Century Presidency at NYU

 
The American Association of University Professors is the originator and steward of the basic principles of governance and academic freedom observed by U.S. universities. Inspired by the Vote of No Confidence process set in motion by NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Science, we offer the following list of requisites for a 21st century presidency at NYU.

New York University, as one of the nation’s leading universities, needs a president who is deeply committed to 

The Ethos and Practice of Shared Governance

and who therefore supports

the right and obligation of faculty to define and shape all new academic and curricular initiatives, including those at global locations

the right and obligation of faculty to be represented on the Board of Trustees

the right and obligation of faculty to participate fully in the choosing of new presidents and provosts

the right and obligation of faculty to serve, as elected representatives, not as ad hoc appointees, on top level committees

the right and obligation of faculty to hold regular, plenary assemblies with the president and senior administrators in order to voice concerns and present new initiatives

the right and obligation of faculty to have full knowledge of the fiscal affairs of the university

the right and obligation of faculty to review and participate in the approval of all new building and expansion plans

the right of faculty, should a majority so decide, to union representation and collective bargaining

The Institutional Protections of Tenure and Academic Freedom for Faculty

and who therefore supports

the steady conversion of NTT into TT faculty positions at every NYU location

the extension of protections comparable to those that accrue to tenure to all fulltime faculty who have served continuously for seven years,

the upholding of academic freedom among all faculty, including those not on the tenure track 

the careful protection of academic freedoms through contracts and intellectual property regulations relating to commercialization of university research

The Principle of Making an NYU Education Affordable to All Students
and who therefore supports

the right and obligation of student representatives to participate

in a university-wide plan to reduce the student debt burden by expanding needs-based financial aid

the right and obligation of students to be represented on the Board of Trustees

the right and obligation of students to have full knowledge of the fiscal affairs of the university

a moratorium on the growth of non-academic personnel, offices, programs, and costs that are extraneous to core academic functions. 

The Cultivation of Mutually Respectful Town-Gown Relations
and who therefore supports
 

the right and obligation of community representatives to review and participate in the approval of all new building and expansion plans

the right and obligation of community representatives to serve on a committee for developing university-community initiatives that will benefit from NYU’s research and resources

The Abatement of Salary Polarization

and who therefore supports

the reduction, by at least 25%, of the salaries of the president and senior administrators

the establishment of a more equitable range spread between the highest and lowest paid of NYU employees 

a suspension of the practice of passing on the costs of benefits spending to employees 

The Upholding of Fair Labor Standards for All University Employees
and who therefore supports       

the right of all employees, including graduate student employees, should a majority so decide, to union representation and collective bargaining.

the right of employee union representatives to expect good faith in collective bargaining from the NYU administration

the right of all employees, including those contracted to construct and maintain GNU buildings, to be protected by the ILO’s basic international labor standards.

Andrew Ross, NYU-AAUP president

Molly Nolan, NYU-AAUP vice-president

Marie Monaco, NYU-AAUP secretary

Anna McCarthy, NYU-AAUP treasurer

Rebecca Karl, NYU-AAUP at-large executive member

Rana Jaleel, NYU-AAUP student member

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Statement on Vote of No Confidence

AAUP Statement on Next Week’s FAS Vote of No Confidence

The upcoming FAS Vote of No Confidence (to be held March 11-15 by e-ballot) is a stark, but healthy, indicator of the revival of faculty interest in substantive shared governance here at NYU. It confirms the central role that faculty should play in ensuring that our educational institution lives up to its responsibilities. Even more important, the success of the vote will open the way to establishing a new, and more accountable, approach to achieving NYU’s educational goals.

In the months since the decision was made by faculty to take the vote, has there been a pertinent rejoinder from the administration?

Even though it took the administration more than 14 months to respond to the FSC’s resolutions on the topic, President Sexton has recently avowed that shared governance should be an important part of the NYU landscape. Yet the rhetoric has not been matched by actions. The undemocratic practice of creating ad hoc committees has continued, and has been compounded by the top-down appointment of selected faculty to these committees. The Space Priorities Working Group is widely regarded in this light, and a newly proposed ad hoc committee for GNU oversight has followed along the same lines. In the meantime, top administrators are still being appointed to head up academic units in New York and overseas.

Other than two memos circulated by President Sexton, both of which reflected heavily on his personal feelings, there has been no notable effort to respond overall to the many faculty grievances that led to the call for the VNC. Such general silence has only confirmed the growing disconnect between the executive mentality of the administration and the sentiments of the faculty at large.

The recent revelations about lavish compensation packages awarded to senior administrators from the early 2000s to the present day have left many faculty speechless. The purchases of multi-million-dollar apartments and homes, and the provision of multi-million-dollar forgivable loans are inappropriate in any non-profit institution, let alone an educational one. At a time when students and their families are struggling to pay tuition, and when compensation at all other employee ranks–instructional and non-instructional–have been depressed or squeezed hard, this kind of largesse at the top speaks volumes about how the university’s finances are being managed. To many of us, the emerging profile is more apposite to a Wall Street firm than a “private university in the public service.”

The widespread perception that NYU is being mismanaged, fueled by troubling reports about GNU programs and locations, seems to have accelerated the decline of faculty morale. But it has also whetted the faculty appetite for a different kind of presidency at NYU. In response, the AAUP chapter recently drafted a “bill of rights,” laying out suggestions for putting the institution on a more democratic and transparent course. NYU’s next president has the opportunity to set a nationwide model for a genuinely open institution, where decision-making is part of a university-wide process, and is no longer conducted solely through closed deliberations on the 12th floor of Bobst or in Trustee meetings.

We circulated that document (and it is included below) so that faculty have talking points around which to discuss this alternative future. The first step in that direction is to vote for the no confidence resolution next week. It is the only way of sending a clear message about

the need to restore the integrity of our workplace.

Andrew Ross, president, NYU-AAUP

Molly Nolan, vice-president, NYU-AAUP

Marie Monaco, secretary, NYU-AAUP

Anna McCarthy, treasurer, NYU-AAUP

Rebecca Karl, at-large executive member, NYU-AAUP

Rana Jaleel, student member, NYU-AAUP

Regarding Boycott Legislation

Statement on Proposed Legislation (A.8392) in NYS Assembly

The members of the AAUP chapter at NYU hold a variety of views about the efficacy of academic boycotts. In recognition of that range of opinion, we do not support President Sexton’s condemnation of the American Studies Association’s resolution to boycott Israeli universities. Faculty have a right to express their own opinions, in whatever form, about the suppression of freedoms among academics overseas, and a boycott of institutions is a legitimate exercise of that right. University presidents who unilaterally issue statements that do not reflect the diversity of opinion among their faculty are overstepping their office.

However, we do agree with the NYU administration’s response to the proposed legislation in the New York State Assembly. The bill (A.8392) is a clear and present threat to basic academic freedoms, not in the Middle East but here in New York State. Elected officials are seeking to use their fiscal powers to limit the range of academic expression simply because they disagree with its content. Passing this legislation would set a very dangerous precedent, reminiscent, for many of us, of the loyalty oaths of the McCarthy era.

Andrew Ross, president, NYU-AAUP

Molly Nolan, vice-president, NYU-AAUP

Marie Monaco, secretary, NYU-AAUP

Anna McCarthy, treasurer, NYU-AAUP

Rebecca Karl, at-large executive member, NYU-AAUP

UAE Arrests

To President John Sexton and Vice-Chancellor Al Bloom,

We are deeply disturbed by the recent news that United Arab Emirates authorities have arrested three leading human rights activists, one of whom is an economics professor at the Abu Dhabi branch of the Sorbonne. On April 8, 2011, Ahmed Mansour, a prominent blogger and vocal human rights advocate who recently called for political freedoms and an elected parliament in the UAE, was arrested in a pre-dawn raid at his home and has been charged with undisclosed crimes. Subsequently, another activist, Fahad Salem al-Shehhy, who has been participating in an online forum calling for free elections and other democratic reforms in the UAE was detained late Saturday in Ajman. Finally, one of the country’s most outspoken academics, Nasser bin Ghaith, who is a financial analyst and an economics professor at the Abu Dhabi branch of the Sorbonne was detained Sunday in Dubai.

These arrests raise deep concerns about the limits of free speech in the Emirates and respect for academic freedoms for those teaching at American and European universities there. We urge the NYU administration in New York and Abu Dhabi to speak out strongly on behalf of the human rights of these three Emirati citizens and to join Human Rights Watch and other international organizations in demanding to know the reasons for their detention and the charges against them.

In accord with the spirit of the AAUP, we hope that NYU administrators will see why it is important to defend the freedoms of faculty of whatever nationality who teach at American and European universities in the UAE. Silence on this serious issue will set a precedent that could also have ominous consequences for the speech protections of NYUAD faculty. As the foreign university with the largest and most visible presence in the UAE, the NYU administration should speak out firmly against these violations of basic rights.

Sincerely,

Andrew Ross, president, NYU-AAUP

Mary Nolan, vice-president, NYU-AAUP

Marie Monaco, secretary, NYU-AAUP

Anna McCarthy, treasurer, NYU-AAUP

Rebecca Karl, at-large committee member, NYU-AAUP

Rana Jaleel, graduate representative, NYU-AAUP

Regarding GSOC Union Election

Dear Colleague,

You will have received word that the graduate employee union, GSOC/UAW (NYU) and SET/UAW (NYU-Poly), and the NYU administration have agreed to a union election for GAs, TAs and RAs before the end of this semester. Many faculty, through our feedback to the University regarding collective bargaining rights for NYU’s graduate employees, contributed to this historic agreement.

A joint statement released by the union and university administration acknowledges, “both the University and the UAW see this agreement as an opportunity to prove again that bargaining for graduate employees can be effective in a private university.”

The agreement includes a provision for University representatives to remain neutral on the union question, affirming that the Administration “shall not engage in any efforts to influence the vote …including but not limited to speeches, one-on-one meetings, distribution of literature, organized get-out-the-vote campaigns, or other activities intended to influence the free choice of the graduate employees.”

The administration also agrees to “communicate its commitment to neutrality to the broader University community and encourage faculty to refrain from actively campaigning one way or the other.”

We, the undersigned faculty, ask all of our colleagues to embrace the spirit of this pledge of neutrality. This election comes after many years of discussion regarding the merits of collective bargaining for graduate employees. We believe the eligible voters should make the decision on their own.

Please sign here if you agree with this call for faculty neutrality, and want to add your name to it,


John Archer, English
Adam Becker, Classics
Eliot Borenstein, Russian and Slavic Studies
Robby Cohen, Teaching and Learning         
Suzanne Cusick, Music   
Ernest Davis, Computer Science
Stephen Duncombe, Gallatin
Hartry Field, Philosophy
Jeff Goodwin, Sociology
Christine Harrington, Politics
Rebecca Karl, East Asian StudiesSusan Linfield, Journalism      Randy Martin, Art and Public Policy

Anna McCarthy, Cinema Studies
Mark Crispin Miller, Media, Culture, and Communication
Marie Monaco, School of Medicine
Molly Nolan, History
Tavia Nyong’o, Performance Studies
Zachary Lockman, Middle Eastern Studies
Andrew Ross, Social and Cultural Analysis
Kristin Ross, Comparative Literature

Dennis Geronimus, Art History

Alan Sokal, Physics
James Uleman, Psychology
Angela Zito, Anthropology

To Sexton and Bloom

To President Sexton and Vice-Chancellor Bloom

In the course of the last month, the NYU-AAUP chapter officers addressed two separate letters to you: the first regarding conditions of labor compliance at NYUAD, the second regarding the recent arrests in the UAE. We have not received any responses.

The substance of our letters was shaped by concerns about potential damage to NYU’s name by rights violations in the UAE. The chapter is beholden by the AAUP principles commonly observed by American universities to express such concerns, and it does so in order to safeguard NYU faculty interests. NYUAD is officially bound by the same AAUP principles regarding academic rights and freedoms. Our letters were intended as reminders that these principles cannot be selectively applied or cherrypicked–as an institution we either abide by them or we do not.

In the past, similar letters about NYUAD policy, which reflect widespread faculty concerns, have elicited a response from Josh Taylor (who is responsible for NYUAD communications), but only at our prompting. Most recently, we noted the following comment from Mr. Taylor in a Chronicle of Higher Education article on the subject of the recent detentions of UAE democracy advocates, including a Sorbonne professor

“Josh Taylor, a spokesman for NYU Abu Dhabi, said in an e-mail message that the administration will stay silent on the arrests. ‘We believe that we can have a far greater impact on creating a more informed, responsible, and just world, by creating powerful centers of ideas, discourse, and critical thinking, than by simply firing off a press release,’ Mr. Taylor wrote.”

We wonder if this is how the NYUAD administration wants NYU faculty to learn about policy decisions? Through comments in the press from its public affairs officer?

We believe that when a group of faculty addresses its legitimate concerns to the institution’s leaders, they deserve a response from the leaders, and not from a university spokesperson (with all due respect to Mr. Taylor) who handles public relations on behalf of the administration.

Sincerely Yours

Andrew Ross, president, AAUP-NYU

Mary Nolan, vice-president, NYU-AAUP

Marie Monaco, secretary, NYU-AAUP

Anna McCarthy, treasurer, NYU-AAUP

Rebecca Karl, at-large committee member, NYU-AAUP

Rana Jaleel, graduate representative, NYU-AAUP

Support for VNC

AAUP Statement on FAS Vote of No Confidence

A Vote of No Confidence (VNC) in a college president is a serious step for faculty to undertake. It is an active expression of the faculty’s role in shared governance, and, although it is not a last resort, this right is usually exercised as a response to a systematic pattern of troubling conduct on the part of an administration. We have reached that point at NYU, after a decade of unilateral decision-making on the part of the president and his senior staff. This conduct is not unique to the NYU administration. The traditions of shared governance are being shredded at universities around the country. Consequently, the number of VNCs is on the rise. In New York alone, there have been recent VNCs at the New School, Pace, and CUNY-Staten Island.

NYU has always had a “top-down” culture, but under the helm of President Sexton, the rate of institutional change has been dizzying, and it has been accompanied by a rapid concentration of power upwards. Most faculty, and their departmental officers, now feel that they are in the passive position of simply responding to instructions from above. Faculty-driven initiatives are no longer taken very seriously. By contrast, the 12th floor of Bobst has assumed sole responsibility for launching initiatives that have changed the face of the university. Faculty are then invited to cooperate with, or accommodate to, them. Efforts on the part of FSC senators at reviving the attenuated practices of faculty governance have met with stiff resistance from the administration. A recent concession to adopt a resolution on shared governance proposed by the FSC 17 months ago is an encouraging sign. However, it remains to be seen whether the administration, given its longstanding indifference, is serious about honoring the principles set forth in the resolution.

Our members and our colleagues are advocates of international education, but the shape and scope of the GNU, and the way in which it is being unilaterally developed, bears little resemblance to our principles as educators. The administration has repeatedly overridden the democratic right of our graduate students to form a union, and has spent millions of tuition dollars in an effort to break that union. Most recently, administrators behind the NYU2031 expansion have been unresponsive to faculty and Greenwich Village residents who either oppose the nature of the site plan, question the need for the expansion, or are concerned about the fiscal overreach it will entail. To date, 38 departments have taken the unprecedented step of voting to oppose the 2031 plan.

For these, and other reasons too numerous to detail in this brief statement, we, as officers of the NYU-AAUP chapter, support the democratic right of faculty to take this step, and we encourage all FAS faculty to vote in the affirmative on the 13th in order to allow the VNC to proceed. We condemn as anti-democratic any efforts to block this initiative on minor procedural grounds. The faculty voice should be heard.

Andrew Ross, president

Molly Nolan, vice-president

Marie Monaco, secretary

Anna McCarthy, treasurer

Rebecca Karl, at-large executive member

Rana Jaleel, student member

Petition to the Trustees

Petition to the Trustees of New York University

In his e-mail to the University Community, NYU Board of Trustees Chair Martin Lipton announced that John Sexton’s term as NYU’s president would be extended until at least 2016. Although Lipton’s message was directed to the University Community, Lipton and the Board failed to consult that community, its faculty, students, and staff in making this decision.  We can think of few decisions more important to the life of the university than who ought to serve as its president and how long a term the president ought to serve. Opinions may differ over the performance of the current president of NYU, but the faculty is united in believing that it must be consulted on the appointment and re-appointment of NYU’s president as well as on the length of the president’s term.

The process problems exhibited in Lipton’s letter represent an unfortunate repetition of the problems when John Sexton was appointed to NYU’s presidency seven years ago. That appointment was made with no faculty consultation and without a national search. NYU’s Board of Trustees has the final responsibility for making the presidential appointment, but the decision-making process should involve full consultation with faculty and students about the performance of the incumbent. The fact that neither the Board nor the President saw the need for any such consultation raises questions about the commitment of both to joint faculty-administration governance of the university .

We the undersigned faculty call upon NYU’s Board of Trustees to negate the Lipton letter and set up a process to decide on the president’s re-appointment in which faculty are consulted both on who NYU’s president ought to be and the length of the presidential term. We also urge that students and staff be included in this process so that the entire university community can participate. Such an inclusive process would accord NYU’s president greater legitimacy as a university leader since it would make the president the choice of its large community rather than merely the NYU Trustees

1 Nicholas Mirzoeff Professor, Media, Culture, &

Communication Steinhardt

2 Andrew Ross Professor, Social and Cultural

Analysis FAS

3 Robert Cohen Professor & Chair, Teaching &

Learning Steinhardt

4 Marita Sturken Professor & Chair, Media,

Culture, & Communication Steinhardt

5 Nancy F Regalado Professor, French

FAS

6 Haruko Momma Associate Professor, English

FAS

7 Dana Polan Professor, Cinema Studies

TSOA

8 Randy Martin Professor & Chair, Art and

Public Policy, TSOA

9 Nikhil Singh Associate

Professor, Social & Cultural Analysis FAS

10 Christine Harrington Professor, Politics,

FAS

11 Suzanne G Cusick Professor, Music

FAS

12 John Victor Singler Professor , Linguistics

FAS

13 Stephen Duncombe Associate Professor

Gallatin

14 James Uleman Professor, Psychology

FAS

15 Robert McChesney Professor Emeritus, History

FAS

16 Patricia Crain Associate Professor, English

FAS

17 Rebecca Karl Associate Professor, East Asian

Studies FAS

18 Barbara Browning Associate Professor , Performance

Studies TSOA

19 Diana Turk Associate Professor,

Social Studies Steinhardt

20 Jeff Goodwin Professor , Sociology

FAS

21 Sylvia Molloy Professor, Spanish and

Portuguese FAS

22 Julian Everett Allgood Serials Librarian

University Division of Libraries

23 Brett Gary Associate Professor, Media

Culture & Communication Steinhardt

24 Carolyn Dinshaw Professor, English &

SCA FAS

25 Martin Harries Professor , English

FAS

26 Lala Straussner Professor,

Silver School of Social Work

27 Ann Pellegrini Associate Professor

FAS &TSOA

28 Mary Nolan Professor, History

FAS

29 Judith Stacey Professor, Sociology

FAS

30 Lisa Duggan Professor, Gender & Sexuality

Studies, SCA FAS

31 Anna McCarthy Associate Professor, Cinema

Studies TSOA

32 Mark Crispin Miller Professor, Media, Culture,

& Communication Steinhardt

33 Bertell Ollman Professor, Politics

FAS

34 Rodolfo Aiello Sr. language lecturer

FAS

35 Susie Linfield Associate Professor,

Journalism FAS

36 Moss Roberts Professor, East Asian Studies

FAS

37 Sally Guttmacher Professor, Nutrition, Food Studies

& Public Health Steinhardt

38 John Maynard Professor, English

FAS

39 Marilyn Young Professor, History

FAS

40 Tavia Nyong’ o Associate Professor, Performance

Studies TSOA

41 Herrick Chapman Associate Professor, History

FAS

42 Ada Ferrer Associate Professor, History

FAS

43 Martha Hodes Professor, History

FAS

44 Angela Zito, Associate Professor,

Anthropology & Relig. Studies FAS

45 Richard Sieburth Professor, French & Comparative

Literature FAS

46 Miriam Frank Master Teacher, Liberal Studies

FAS

47 Greg Grandin, Professor, History

FAS

48 Thomas Abercrombie Associate Professor, Anthropology

FAS

49 Phillip Brian Harper Professor, Social & Cultural

Analysis, Chair, English FAS

50 Martin Simon, Professor, Math Education,

Teaching & Learning Stieinhardt

51 Marta Peixoto, Associate Professor, Spanish and

Portugese FAS

52 Guenther Stotzky, Professor Emeritus, Biology

FAS

53 Linda Gordon, Professor, History

FAS

54 Neil Brenner, Professor, Sociology &

Metropolitan Studies FAS

55 William Serrin, Associate Professor, Journalism

FAS

56 Jo Ellen Fisherkeller Associate Professor, Media ,

Culture, & Communication Steinhardt

57 Emily Martin, Professor, Anthropology

FAS

58 Manu Goswami Associate Professor, History

FAS

59 Jeffrery L. Spear Associate Professor, English

FAS

60 Robert Hinton Associate Professor, Africana

Studies, SCA FAS

61 Faye Ginsburg Professor, Anthropology

FAS

62 Daniel Walkowitz, Professor, History & SCA

FAS

63 Zachary Lockman, Professor, Middle Eastern &

Islamic Studies FAS

64 Assia Djebar, Silver Professor, French &

Francophone Studies FAS

65 Ernest Gilman, Professor, English

FAS

66 Mary Lousie Pratt, Professor, SCA, Spanish &

Portugese FAS

67 Dennis Donoghue, University Professor, English

FAS

68 Patrick H. Deer Associate Professor, English

FAS

69 Lisa Gitelman Associate Professor, Culture &

Communications Steinhardt

70 Karen Shimakawa Associate Professor, Performance

Studies TSOA

71 Kristin Ross Professor, Comparative

Literature FAS

72 John Archer Professor, English

FAS

73 Jennifer Morgan Professor, History &SCA

FAS

74 Allen Mincer Professor, Physics

FAS

75 Diana Taylor Professor, Performance

Studies TSOA

76 Mark Alter Professor, Teaching &

Learning Steinhardt

77 Barbara Weinstein, Professor, History

FAS

78 Eugene Nicole, Professor, French,

FAS

79 Amy Bentley Associate Professor

Nutrition, Food Studies, Public Health Steinhardt

80 Andrew Lee Associate Curator

Libraries

81 Lawrence Wu Professor, Sociology

FAS

82 Marion Nestle, Goddard Professor, Nutrition,

Food Studies, & Public Health Steinhardt

83 Juan Corradi, Professor, Sociology

Petition to Sexton and Bloom on UAE Labor Standards

Dear President Sexton and Vice Chancellor Al Bloom,

We, the undersigned students and faculty, call on you to take steps to resolve the NYU community’s ongoing concerns about the rights and conditions of migrant workers in the UAE.

In light of recent reports documenting violations of NYU’s Statement of Labor Values and UAE labor law, the Coalition for Fair Labor urges NYU to alter its monitoring arrangements and devote resources to protecting workers’ rights in the UAE. Although construction of NYUAD’s Saadiyat Island campus is almost complete, the building of other cultural and educational institutions on the island will continue for the next twenty years. Now that the NYU name is established in the UAE, we believe that our university has a responsibility to help address the formidable challenges confronting the heavily indebted workers who are laboring to realize the larger Saadiyat vision.

Over the last four years, Human Rights Watch, Gulf Labor, The Guardian, and other independent investigators have found violations on the NYUAD project that Mott MacDonald failed to detect through its auditing practices. In 2008, the Coalition for Fair Labor advised the administration against the appointment of Mott MacDonald. Among the firm’s conflicts of interest was a 27 billion-dollar contract to oversee the power and water distribution systems on Saadiyat Island. As before, we ask that NYU hire a truly independent, third-party monitor, such as the Workers Rights Consortium (of which NYU is a member) to monitor the workforce operating and maintaining the new campus. NYU’s name cannot afford to be further tarnished by inattentive monitoring.

Second, we ask that NYU publicly release a code of conduct for all migrant domestic workers that are employed by NYUAD faculty, staff, and students. Domestic employees currently have no legislative labor protections in the UAE, and organizations like Human Rights Watch have documented their pervasive abuse and mistreatment.

Finally, we ask that NYU utilize its student and faculty resources to develop research initiatives aimed at eliminating the hardships imposed on migrant workers by the kafala system. NYU can set a visible academic example by suggesting policy for reforming the current sponsorship system, with a view to ensuring that the welfare and the rights of migrant workers in the UAE are better upheld. We ask, in particular, that NYU devote resources to implementing the recommendations made by Gulf Labor in its May 2014 report, including, but not limited to, payment of a relocation fee for workers to settle their recruitment debts; formation of workers’ councils at NYUAD and on the surrounding island projects; establishment of a Saadiyat Island living wage to enable workers to select accommodation of their choosing; and cooperation with the ILO to help design and implement these and other recommendations.

We commend the administration’s recent decision to break ties with VF Corporation/Jansport given its commitment to supporting the highest global labor standards. In the same spirit, we urge to ensure that NYU take a proactive role in the field of human rights as a way of fulfilling its academic mission abroad.

Respectfully,

Kristina Bogos, College of Arts and Science 2015

Edward Radzivilovskiy, Global Liberal Studies 2015

Emma Dolhai, Tisch School of the Arts 2016

Linnea Gregg, Tisch School of the Arts 2015

Isabelle Galet-Lalande, NYU Abu Dhabi 2016

Victor R. Li, Steinhardt 2015

John Archer, English

Paula Chakravarty, Gallatin

Stephen Duncombe, Gallatin

Jeff Goodwin, Sociology

Christine Harrington, Politics

Rebecca Karl, History and East Asian Studies

Marie Monaco, School of Medicine

Anna McCarthy, Cinema Studies

Mary Nolan, History

Andrew Ross, Social and Cultural Analysis

Kristina Mayman, College of Arts and Science 2015

Daniel Huang, Stern School of Business 2014

Carlos Estevez, College of Arts and Science 2014

Linda Gordon, History

Lisa Duggan, Social and Cultural Analysis

Ritty Lukose, Gallatin

Dan Polan, Cinema Studies

Manu Goswami, History

Christy Thornton, History

Timothy Reiss, Comparative Literature

Emanuela Bianchi, Comparative Literature

Vasuki Nesiah, Gallatin

Miriam Frank, Global Liberal Studies

Ara Merjian, Associate Professor of Italian and Art History

Mark Miller, Media, Culture, and Communication

Tavia Nyong’o, Performance Studies

Dean Saranillio, Social and Cultural Analysis

Carol Krinsky, Art History

George Shulman, Gallatin

Bertell Ollman, Politics

Angela Zito, Anthropology

Jim Uleman, Psychology

Sinclair Thomson, History

Sylvia Molloy, Spanish and Portuguese

Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Gallatin

Avital Ronell, German

Marita Sturken, Media, Culture, and Communication

David Margolies, English

Nancy F. Regalado, French

Despina Lalaki, Hellenic Studies

Hansell Patterson, Social Work

Chat Gunter, Film and Television

David Greenberg, Sociology

Jini Watson, English

Greg Londe, Irish Studies

Zachary Lockman, Middle Eastern Studies

Max Holleran, Sociology

Seung-hoon Jeong, NYU Abu Dhabi, Cinema Studies

James Polchin, Global Liberal Studies

Adam Becker, Classics

Greg Grandin, History

Faye Ginsburg, Anthropology

Patricia Crain, English

Tejaswini Ganti, Anthropology

Elaine Freedgood, English

Martha Hodes, History

Patrick Deer, English

Michele Mitchell, History

Sally Guttmacher, Health Studies

E. L. Doctorow, English

Richard Sennett, Sociology

Todd Ayoung, Art and Public Policy

Karl Appuhn, History

Rayna Rapp, Anthropology

Randy Martin, Art and Public Policy

Arang Keshavarzian, Middle Eastern Studies

Barbara Weinstein, History

Yukiko Hanawa, East Asian Studies

Brett Gary, Media, Culture, and Communication

Amir Minsky, NYU Abu Dhabi, History

Emily Martin, Anthropology

Nadrian Seeman, Chemistry

Judith Green, Teaching and Learning

Chris DiNardo, College of Arts and Science 2014

Lynn Bernabei, College of Arts and Science 2014

Despina Kiskinis, Steinhardt 2015

Kira Haag, College of Arts and Science 2015

Connor Pearce, NYU Abu Dhabi 2017

Davit Avoyan, NYU Abu Dhabi 2016

April Xiong, NYU Abu Dhabi 2014

Muhammed Usman, NYU Abu Dhabi 2017

Lauren Clingan, NYU Abu Dhabi 2017

Bailey Theado, Gallatin 2015

Jonathan Tan, College of Arts and Science 2015

Trisha Goyal, Stern 2015

Lauren Holter, College of Arts and Science 2015

Amy Zhang, College of Arts and Science 2014

Tatiana Baez, College of Arts and Science 2015

Amanda Randone, College of Arts and Science 2014

Madeleine Overturf, College of Arts and Science 2014

Tyler Boothe, NYU Student

Jessica Littman, NYU Student

Michael Meletakos, NYU Student

Robert Ascherman, NYU Student

Anne Falcon, NYU Student

Margaux Aquino, NYU Student

Sofia Ferrandiz, NYU Student

Noah Engel, NYU Student

Do Hyun Kim, NYU Student

Robert Weide, NYU Student

Julie Yoon, NYU Student

Peter Fitzpatrick, NYU Student

Jessica Feldman, NYU Student

Andrew Bauer, NYU Student

Debashree Mukherjee, NYU Student

Kartik Nair, NYU Student

Darach Miller, NYU Student

Tiana Hayden, NYU Student

Daniel Aldana Cohen, NYU Student

Linnea Hussein, NYU Student

Max Besbris, NYU Student

Schneur Newfield, NYU Student

Stuart Schrader, NYU Student

Michael Gould-Wartofsky, NYU Student

Adaner Usmani, NYU Student

Leo Goldsmith, NYU Student

Alexandra Cubaleski, NYU Student

Hadi Gharabaghi, NYU Student

Taylor Edelhart, NYU Student

Karan Mirchandani, NYU Student

Arun Manikundalam, NYU Student

Sundus Arain, NYU Student

James Amidon, NYU Student

Sina Mehdian, NYU Student

Dorothy Lam, NYU Student

Raquel Ortega, NYU Student

Michelle Thompson, NYU Student

Rachel Lepore, NYU Student

Selin Sahin, NYU Student

Anastasia Moryakova, NYU Student

Rosanna Rodriguez, NYU Student

Yasmin Siddiqui, NYU Student

Anna Yulsman, NYU Student

Maryam Rasheed, NYU Student

Amanda Kraley, NYU Student

Valerie Kipnis, NYU Student

Caitlin MacLaren, NYU Student

Julia Yanoff, NYU Student

Danielle Eagan, NYU Student

Alyssa Hornyak, NYU Student

Judy Dang, NYU Student

Rachel Yanger, NYU Student

Alyssa Smith, NYU Student

Julian Gonzalez, NYU Student

Grant Roth, NYU Student

Jessica Powell, NYU Student

Haley Houseman, NYU Student

Kyle Rogers, NYU Student

Kaitlin Noss, NYU Student

Claudie Bernard, French

John Maynard, English

Kimberly Phillips-Fein, Gallatin

Nikhil Singh, Social and Cultural Analysis

Thuy Linh Tu, Social and Cultural Analysis

Rodolfo G. Aiello, Senior Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese

Marilyn Young, History

Michael Balter, Journalism

Christopher Rzonca, Liberal Studies

Sylvia Gonzalez, School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Robert Schaefer, School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Marilyn Young, History

William Caspary, Gallatin

Carol Bergman, School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Priscilla Karant, School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Jean Campbell, School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Tanala Osayande, School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Toral Gajarawala, English

Elizabeth Olesker, Tisch

Robert Tufts, Business Development

Miriam Basilio, Art History

Ada Ferrer, History

Nicholas Mirzoeff, Media, Culture, and Communication

Paul Thompson, Film and Television

Herrick Chapman, History

Ann Pellegrini, Performance Studies

Sonya Posmentier, English

Judith Stacey, Social and Cultural Analysis

Jini Watson, English

Natan Zeichner, NYU Student

Adrian Dhanaraj, NYU Student

Jessica Kim, NYU Student

Hiranya Nayvar, NYU Student

Madel Beaudouin, NYU Student

Matthew Teng, NYU Student

Luiza Monetti, NYU Student

Earl Co, NYU Student

Sachi Pettit, NYU Student

Jaewon Kang, College of Arts and Science 2014

Kristin Alfaro, NYU Student

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein, NYU Student

Kalliopi Karakasidou, NYU Student

Eliza Lambert, NYU Student

Judith Ratcliffe, NYU Student

Mitchell Kapoor, NYU Student

Alistair Mackay, NYU Student

Cian Dinan, NYU Abu Dhabi

Kaitlin Noss, NYU Student

Nicole Latimer, NYU Student

Ayesha Guerin, NYU Student

Lily Defriend, NYU Student

Brady Fletcher, NYU Student

Sunaura Taylor, NYU Student

Donasia Tillery, NYU Student

Julia Mendoza, NYU Student

Oscar Marquez, NYU Student

James Rodriguez, NYU Student

Rachel Wilson, NYU Student

Jessica Feldman, NYU Student

Karina Hoshikawa, NYU Student

David Hobbs, NYU Student

Mosarrap Khan, NYU Student

Caitlin Hurst, NYU Student

Angela Bennett Segler, NYU Student

Berengere Riou, NYU Student

Ryan Szelong, NYU Student

Emily Lesnick, NYU Student

Alex Alvarez, NYU Student

Bethany Hartzell, NYU Student

Molly Dillon, NYU Student

Fadhl al Eryani, NYU Abu Dhabi student

Claire Voon, NYU Student

Ayreen Anastas, Gulf Labor

Doris Bittar, Gulf Labor

Walid Raad, Gulf Labor

Guy Mannes-Abbott, Gulf Labor

Rene Gabri, Gulf Labor

Marian Ghani, Gulf Labor

Ashok Sukumaran, Gulf Labor

Shaina Anand, Gulf Labor

Hans Haacke, Gulf Labor

Greg Sholette, Gulf Labor

Naeem Mohaiemen, Gulf Labor

Douglas Ashford, Gulf Labor

John Pitman Weber, Gulf Labor

Nitasha Dhillon, Gulf Labor

Letter on JanSport

Dear President Sexton,

We write as a group of concerned faculty in regards to the university’s ties with the VF Corporation, the parent company of JanSport that produces NYU apparel. We urge you to reconsider the current course of action on this issue and support calls by worker organizations in Bangladesh and student groups on campus that ask NYU to terminate contracts with garment manufacturing companies that refuse to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. VF Corporation is one of several US companies (along with Walmart among others) that refuses to sign this accord and thereby endangers the lives of Bangladeshi workers.

The Tazreen Fashion factory fire of 2012 and the Rana Plaza factory of 2013 make up some of the worst industrial accidents in history. A wide range of civil society organizations, including labor rights groups in Bangladesh and abroad have determined that the Accord on Fire and Building Safety is a baseline requirement to prevent future disasters and for conditions of work to meaningfully improve in the country. As a global network university, NYU should be at the forefront of ensuring that companies that produce garments featuring the university’s logo adhere to humane and safe standards of production. VF Corporation, JanSport’s parent company, fails to meet these basic criteria and as a university community we must respond with meaningful action.

As the parent corporation for JanSport, VF Corporation is being deceptive about its direct ties to college apparel production in the US. Along with companies like Walmart and Gap, VF Corporation publicizes its adoption of a non-binding agreement (the Alliance for Bangladeshi Worker Safety) that has been widely critiqued by labor and human rights activists as ineffective in ensuring worker safety and, in effect, advancing self-promotion rather than self-regulation. These corporations use public relations exercises to deflect the most serious violations of worker and human rights.

NYU prides itself on being a global university and with this positioning comes global responsibilities. If NYU takes action to promote the well being of workers and their communities its actions will have significance on a global scale. We call on NYU to take a leadership position on this issue and act expeditiously to require that VF Corporation sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety as a condition of continued business with NYU.

Respectfully,
Theresa Aiello, Associate Professor of Social Work Sinan Antoon, Associate

Professor, the Gallatin School John Archer, Professor of English

Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Associate Professor, the Gallatin School

Emanuela Bianchi, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Joy Boyum, Professor Emerita, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions, Steinhardt

Paula Chakravartty, Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication and the Gallatin School

Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

Marie Cruz Soto, Clinical Assistant Professor, the Gallatin School

Dipti Desai, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art Professions

Carolyn Dinshaw, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and English

Lisa Duggan, Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

Stephen Duncombe, Associate Professor, the Gallatin School and Department of Media, Culture and Communication

Allen Feldman, Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

Valerie Forman, Associate Professor, the Gallatin School

Miriam Frank, Master Teacher, Liberal Studies

Sharon Friedman, Associate Professor, the Gallatin School

Toral Gajarawala, Associate Professor of English

Tejaswini Ganti, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Kathleen Gerson, Professor of Sociology

Faye Ginsburg, David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology

Jeff Goodwin, Professor of Sociology

Linda Gordon, Professor of History

Manu Goswami, Associate Professor of History

Greg Grandin, Professor of History

Hannah Gurman, Clinical Assistant Professor, the Gallatin School

A B Huber, Assistant Professor, the Gallatin School

Priscilla Karant, Master Teacher, American Language Institute

Rebecca Karl, Associate Professor of East Asian Studies

Arang Keshavarzian, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Thuy Linh Tu, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis

Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

David Ludden, Professor of History

Sydney Ludvigson, Professor of Economics

Ritty Lukose, Associate Professor, the Gallatin School

Mo Ogrodnik, Associate Professor, Film and Television, NYU Abu Dhabi

Randy Martin, Professor and Chair of Art, and Public Policy

Sally Merry, Professor and Chair of Anthropology

Fred Myers, Professor of Anthropology

Vasuki Nesiah, Associate Professor of Practice the Gallatin School

Molly Nolan, Professor of History

Bertell Ollman, Professor of Politics

Dana Polan, Professor of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts

Rayna Rapp, Professor of Anthropology

Debraj Ray, Silver Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor of Economics

Fred Ritchin, Professor and Chair of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts

Avital Ronell, University Professor of the Humanities, Chair of the German Department

Andrew Ross, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis

Kimberly K Phillips-Fein, Associate Professor, Gallatin School

Dean Saranillio, Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis

George Shulman, Professor, the Gallatin School

Nikhil Singh, Associate Professor of History and Social and Cultural Analysis

Kathryn Smith, Associate Professor of Art History

Judith Stacey, Professor Emeritus of Social and Cultural Analysis

Marita Sturken, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

Lala Straussner, Professor Silver School of Social Work

Helga Tawil-Souri, Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

Sinclair Thompson, Associate Professor of History

Jim Uleman, Professor of Psychology

Alejandro Velasco, Assistant Professor, the Gallatin School