With just a few days left in 2018, I urge you to make a tax-deductible contribution to the AAUP Foundation before the year ends. Please also consider setting up a monthly recurring donation. We are grateful for the generosity of all who have given already.
Even a small gift can have a significant impact when many join together to support academic freedom and the professional standards that make US colleges and universities among the best in the world. With academic freedom endangered to an extent not seen since the 1950s, the Foundation's work is more important than ever.
The targeted harassment of individual faculty members such as Laurie Rubel at Brooklyn College, Amanda Gailey at the University of Nebraska, and Mark Bray at Dartmouth College continues unabated, making online smear campaigns and death threats an occupational hazard for many whose scholarship or extramural activities address racism and other contentious topics. Intensified assaults on tenure, shared governance, and the rights of faculty unions threaten not only the faculty but our democracy itself.
We need a strong AAUP Foundation to thwart these assaults and to ensure that AAUP principles and standards remain the norm in American higher education. Your contribution of any amount will help to make this possible.
As the charitable and educational arm of the AAUP, the Foundation enables work that membership dues alone would be unable to fund. The Foundation's Legal Defense Fund supports faculty members involved in litigation that protects tenure and academic freedom and provides funding for AAUP amicus briefs, such as recent challenges to Texas’s “campus carry” law and to the Trump administration’s travel ban affecting scholars from predominantly Muslim countries. AAUP investigations of academic freedom violations are supported by the Foundation's Academic Freedom Fund, which also assists faculty members involved in academic freedom controversies—like Johnny Williams, whose suspension by Trinity College due to his social media posts was later reversed. We underwrite publication costs for the AAUP’s annual Bulletin and Journal of Academic Freedom. This year the Foundation sponsored a well-attended conference on academic freedom in California community colleges and other educational programming as well as an UnKoch My Campus report aimed at counteracting undue academic influence by donors to colleges and universities. Internationally, the Foundation has helped fund Scholars at Risk’s Student Advocacy Programs and Scholar Transition Project, which assists higher education professionals forced to emigrate due to political upheaval.
"I believe that the work you do may be one of the few lifelines remaining in our embattled society," wrote one Foundation donor last year. "Long live the AAUP—one of our best and strongest hopes!" wrote another. But if the AAUP Foundation is to continue its important work, we must expand our efforts. Attacks on higher education and the common good are being felt by faculty across the ideological spectrum—regardless of tenure status, appointment type, or home institution—and in the past few years we have seen these attacks increase. The AAUP Foundation exists to safeguard academic freedom and to support higher education in a free and democratic society. In order to persist in this work, we depend on the generosity of AAUP members and other supporters.
Please donate today.
You can also remember the AAUP Foundation in your will and leave a legacy to protect academic freedom in the future. For more information about the Foundation, and about giving options, visit our website.
Thank you for your loyal and generous support! Please forward this email to friends and colleagues who may be interested in our mission.
Chair, AAUP Foundation
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