We here at AAUP Oregon are excited to announce that our Annual Conference will be held on Saturday, May 1, 10am-1pm via Zoom.
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About our Annual Conference
Our Annual Conference brings together AAUP Oregon members and allies to coordinate our statewide efforts in support of academic workers and quality higher education. This work has never been more important than it is at this moment. From the halls of the State Capitol in Salem to the streets in Klamath Falls, AAUP members are at the forefront of this important work.
Our focus this year will be on the “New Deal for Higher Education (NDHE): Oregon and the Nation.”
Our featured speakers are:
- Charles Toombs, Professor of Africana Studies at San Diego State University and President of the California Faculty Association, the largest faculty union in the nation;
- Christopher Newfield, Professor of Literature and American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and author of The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them;
- Michael Dembrow, Oregon State Senator and Chair of the Senate Education Committee;
- Professor Jennifer Kerns, Department of History and President of Portland State University-AAUP
- Jamie Rodriguez, President of AFT-Oregon.
Breakout Rooms will focus on how we can fight for the New Deal for Higher Education in Salem and on our campuses across Oregon.
The New Deal for Higher Education
Following decades of defunding of higher education and the accompanying corporatization of colleges and universities, the AAUP, in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, has launched the New Deal for Higher Education campaign for large-scale reform of our public system of higher education. The campaign seeks to reclaim higher education as a public good by reinstating a viable funding model while addressing tuition costs, institutional funding, and student debt relief. At the same time the campaign supports reforms related to racial injustice and inequities, labor practices, academic freedom and shared governance, federal research funding, technical and vocational education, and a host of other challenges that have diminished our national capacity to educate our communities.
The campaign builds on demands from around the academy for meaningful structural changes that are more necessary than ever in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising visibility of systemic racism.
Join us on May 1st to help build the voice of Oregon’s academic workers to protect our jobs, our students, our universities, and our futures!
Yours in Solidarity,