- Western region lead organizer Shawn Fields has been working with members and chapters of the Nevada Faculty Alliance. Shawn has been supporting bargaining preparation and research at the College of Southern Nevada AAUP chapter as it begins bargaining its first successor agreement, working with members at Truckee Meadows Community College to support several members whose academic free speech is under attack, and starting to prepare a push for stronger collective bargaining rights for higher ed faculty during the next legislative session.
As fall terms get underway on campuses, so too do state legislative campaigns seeking to restrict teaching about the history of race and racism in the United States. Three states have already pre-filed bills for the 2022 legislative season, and several more have active legislation that will carry over from the 2021 session.
The bills are a naked attempt to manipulate curricula to advance partisan or ideological aims. Many attack the scholarly field of critical race theory, but their purpose is much broader: to suppress teaching and learning about racism.
We’d like to know if and how these bills, or related attempts to chill the free exchange of facts and ideas about American history, have affected you. Please let us know by taking this brief survey.
The AAUP is working to protect faculty’s ability to teach the truth about American history, and to further racial justice in higher education and in our own organization. Here are some resources and initiatives we’d like members to know about:
Chair, AAUP Racial Justice Committee