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Location: Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College
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Location: SCC Social Room
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Dear Pomona Community,
We hear you, we see you, we feel with you. There is so much pain on campus right now, and we want to let you all know that you are not alone in this struggle. We do not claim to fully understand your pain, but we are here to try. We will struggle with you and fight so that all of our students can feel safe here. Your pain is our pain. We are all the Associated Students of Pomona College: there is no mold.
To the people of color on this campus that are feeling isolated and unsupported, know that we, as ASPC Senate, as student allies, as students of color and students that exist at many intersections, we stand and move with you.
To those of our community who have been affected by the recent attacks in Paris, France and Ankara, Turkey, you have our collective support. We are here to listen to you and support you.
For any student hurting right now, it is okay to take the time you need to heal. Your well-being is a necessity and priority, above anything else. Recognize your boundaries. Self care is what breathes life into the work that we do. In the words of Audre Lorde, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence; it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."
To our community as a whole, please reach out to one another in this difficult time. Take a moment to let your friends and community members know you care about them. Even the smallest gesture can let a hurting friend know that they matter.
We call on all of our community to take the time to show up for one another. We must come together to show support, to take a stand and to make every member of our community feel that they belong here. By being a student on this campus, you are a member of this community. Because of this, it is your duty to make this campus feel safe and inclusive for all students.
We urge you to move beyond the political and understand that, at the simplest level, members of our community are hurting. How can we help one another heal? How will we? If there was ever a time to truly hear one another, learn from one another, grow with one another, it is now. It is far too easy to dismiss one another’s pain, to make symbolic gestures. It is our collective responsibility to move past our misunderstandings. We must put in the effort. We are powerful beyond facebook statuses, beyond words.
Community, please let us know how we can fully support you. We are working to determine ways to better respond to the pain felt on campus, and we acknowledge that our efforts might not be enough. If you have ideas or suggestions, and if you are feeling ready and able to share, we would love to work with you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For groups that have made and continue making healing spaces for our community, we want to support you by providing resources. If you would like financial or other support, please reach out.
In love and solidarity, Your ASPC Senate
Nico Matheo Kass, President Peter Hao Chen, Vice-President for Finance Sam Crawford, Vice-President for Campus Events Christina Tong, Commissioner for Academic Affairs Jennifer Okonkwo, Commissioner of Communications Lucia Ruan, Commissioner of Clubs Hannah Lea Doruelo, Commissioner of Campus Relations Aidan Orly, Commissioner of Environmental Affairs José Luis Goméz, Commissioner of Off Campus Relations Bianca Cockrell, Commissioner of Sports Jamila Ferreira Espinosa, Senior Class President Greta Zhong, Junior Class President Carlos Hernandez, Sophomore Class President Kerem Oktar, First Year Class President Fiker Bekele, North Campus Representative Chloe An, South Campus Representative Alberto Feregrino, At-Large Student on the Trustee Student Affairs Committee Cesar Meza, At-Large Student on the Trustee Academic Affairs Committee Lazaros Konstantinos Chalkias, At-Large Student on the Trustee Finance Committee Sophia Janssen, Senate Secretary Shivani Saru Doraiswami, Senate Aide Sophia Sun, Presidential Assistant Alice Timken, Public Relations
Hey everyone! On the ASPC website, if you look under Services on the right hand sidebar, you'll see a new list item that says "API (For Developers)." The ASPC API is a convenient way for student developers to access features and data of the ASPC website over HTTP via a URL in a standard JSON format. If you ever wanted to create a mobile app that displayed the 5C Dining Halls Menu, using the ASPC Menu API would be the way to go. You could also schedule a task that downloads the menu from the Menu API endpoints every week and do all kinds of data analyses with it. Currently we only have endpoints for the 5C Dining Halls Menu, but in the future we are planning to expand to cover courses, events, housing data, etc. Looking forward to seeing its use in the upcoming 5C Hackathon!
A Resolution to Include Student Representation on the Critical Thinking and Writing Committee
Passed by the Associated Students of Pomona College Senate
November 9th, 2015
WHEREAS the Critical Thinking and Writing Committee (1) is responsible for certifying Writing Intensive (WI) Overlay Requirement courses, which were instituted by the GE reforms passed by the Pomona College Faculty in Spring 2015 ; AND
WHEREAS it is imperative that students, who are key stakeholders and most directly impacted by curricular choices, are present in the setting and execution of curricular policies whenever (2)
WHEREAS there is strong precedent for students to have input on all faculty committees that directly affect the curriculum or the implementation of General Education requirements (3) ; AND
WHEREAS the Critical Thinking and Writing Committee is responsible for overseeing the Critical Inquiry (ID1) Program , which is the cornerstone of Pomona students’ introduction to a rigorous liberal arts education; AND
WHEREAS the 2015 General Education (GE) Student Survey found that 73% of students “feel disappointed or neutral about their preparation for college writing via the current ID1 system,” and that “most advocate for a reformed ID1 system;” (4) AND
WHEREAS the 2015 GE Alumni Survey found that dissatisfied students were “mostly critical of non-area requirements, notably ID1;” AND
WHEREAS end-of-course student surveys in ID1 courses are an insufficient feedback source because students lack the perspective to evaluate if ID1 prepared them for future college writing, the surveys fall short of an ongoing, change-producing conversation between students and faculty, and feedback on individual ID1 courses does not provide student perspective on the ID1 Program as a whole or at a reform level; AND
WHEREAS there is a need for sustained student engagement and feedback to improve the ID1 Program, but current student representation in academic affairs is on faculty committees that are unrelated or too high level to provide effective input to the ID1 Program; (5 and 6)
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC) requests the inclusion of at least two student representatives, to be appointed by the ASPC Senate, on the Critical Thinking and Writing Committee;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the ASPC calls on the Faculty Executive Committee to vote on the inclusion of the aforementioned student representatives (or, if necessary, to put forth this proposal for a faculty vote) during the 2015-16 Academic Year.
(1) Alternatively referred to as The Committee on Critical Thinking and Writing (Pomona College Faculty Handbook 201415 pg. 19), the Critical
(3) The Curriculum Committee includes 3 student representatives and oversees all curricular matters. The Analyzing Difference Committee, which was created by the Spring 2015 GE Reforms, includes 2 student representatives and oversees the implementation of the Analyzing Differences Writing and Thinking Committee (Online faculty resources, http://www.pomona.edu/administration/writingprogram/facultyresources/), and the Writing and Critical Thinking Committee (Pomona info page, http://catalog.pomona.edu/content.php?catoid=17&navoid=3480).
(4) Pomona College Faculty Handbook 201415, pg. 19
(5) Faculty Position Advisory Committee, Academic Procedures Committee, Board of Academic Discipline
(6) Curriculum Committee technically has influence over ID1 since ID1 is part of the curriculum, but in reality the Curriculum Committee doesn’t concern itself with the ID1 Program’s policies.
A Resolution To Defend Demonstration Rights Passed by the Associated Students of Pomona College Senate November 2, 2015
WHEREAS, the current Claremont Colleges Demonstration Policy states that each of the member institutions “respects the rights of free speech and peaceable assembly and supports their exercise”; AND
WHEREAS, students, faculty, and staff at the intersections have had and will presumably continue to have cause to demonstrate in order to ensure fair treatment and pay, to express solidarity with and participate in national and international movements for justice, in response to campus injustices, and in order to call for change; AND
WHEREAS, demonstrations have and have had a pivotal role in holding power structures accountable and catalyzing social change, as shown by the strong legacy of demonstrations at the Claremont Colleges. Demonstrations have been an especially effective medium for enabling marginalized communities to advocate for their needs. Institutions such as the Women’s Union, the Queer Resource Center, the Office of Black Student Affairs, the Chicano Latino Student Association, the Asian American Resource Center, Ethnic Studies departments, and the Pomona College dining hall worker’s union have grown and developed on account of student and worker demonstrations; AND
WHEREAS, iterations and manifestations of structural injustices are present on these and other college campuses, recent examples of which include but are not limited to expressed instances of campus safety violence and racial profiling, policies that fail to adequately address sexual violence, the defacement of handicapped parking signs, the defacement of a Black Lives Matter mural, and the defacement of a Rosa Parks mural; AND
WHEREAS, the administrations of the Claremont Colleges have expressed an aspiration to be transparent and accountable; AND
WHEREAS, the administrations of the Claremont Colleges and the Claremont University Consortium (CUC) Department of Campus Safety have a history of suppressing student demonstrations, including the arrest of nine students peacefully protesting the then-planned location of the Keck Graduate Institute in 2001; AND
WHEREAS, the students of the Claremont Colleges have a history of demonstrating in a responsible manner, as exemplified most recently by the conduct of the Black Lives Matter march in May 2015; AND
WHEREAS, the revised Claremont Colleges Demonstration Policy approved by the Council of Presidents on October 6, 2015 preserves extremely vague language in the current policy that gives officials the ability to shut down almost any demonstration. Under the revised policy, participation in “disruptive” demonstrations is prohibited, despite the fact that effective demonstrations are, by definition, disruptive (disruption being the only way for a protest to externally communicate its message to and pressure its intended recipient(s)). The revised policy explicitly classifies several effective forms of protest, including the use of “amplified sound that can be heard inside of classrooms or other TCC [The Claremont Colleges] or CUC buildings during times of use,” “impeding the ingress and egress of any facility,” and “the stationary positioning of demonstrators upon any roadway on or adjacent to any of the colleges that blocks passage” as disruptive; AND
WHEREAS, the revised policy’s language (refer below) regarding enforcement is broad, allowing any officer or designee to pursue any action toward students ranging from disciplinary procedures at students’ home colleges to arrest. There is too much room for discrimination and unnecessary escalation from an increasingly threatening campus safety force, which has shown the haste with which it involves police without consulting the deans of the home institution. “Any officer or designee of an affected college or the CUC, on that person’s home campus, is authorized to address… Actions may include arrest, other legal action, or notice of disciplinary charges to be handled through the appropriate disciplinary procedures of the home college or the CUC”; AND
WHEREAS, no student input was sought in the development of the revised policy, nor were students made aware that the policy was under review, nor were students at any of the Claremont Colleges except Pomona College initially informed that revisions had even been made to the policy;
WHEREAS, banning participation in demonstrations on the basis that they are disruptive violates our rights as citizens and as students;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC) unequivocally affirms students’ rights: a) To assemble and demonstrate peacefully without being threatened or harassed, acknowledging that peaceful demonstrations are any and all demonstrations that are nonviolent in nature, b) To receive reasonable academic extensions or accommodations to account for their engagement in campus demonstrations, c) To be protected from any forms of negative retaliation, including harassment, violence, and discrimination, by members of the Claremont Colleges community or by individuals uninvolved with the colleges, in reaction to participation in demonstration;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, ASPC explicitly supports the use of chanting, noise amplification, and marching through the campuses during demonstrations;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, ASPC demands that: a) The aforementioned rights be protected, and that guidelines for and rights to demonstrate be detailed and enumerated in the Student Handbook b) No official may suspend students for their participation in a demonstration without thorough review c) Attempts to discipline students for their participation in demonstrations must be corroborated with evidence indicating the threat of violence or significant property damage, d) No official may temporarily revoke any or all student privileges or take any extrajudicial steps to end a demonstration, e) CUC and its member institutions be prohibited from sanctioning, terminating, or otherwise discriminating against any employee on the basis of their participation in a demonstration, f) No official may involve state or federal authorities unless there is clear and present danger to an individual or property;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, ASPC calls upon the Claremont Colleges to demonstrate their receptivity to demonstrations by committing to mandated responses, whereby the President(s) or CUC Chief Executive must respond to any demonstration addressed to their institution via a written statement that: a) explains their position on the issue at hand and is published within a week of the demonstration; b) host a question and answer forum for students that: 1) is held at a time convenient for students, 2) is within two weeks of the demonstration, and 3) is announced at least 48 hours in advance;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the role of Campus Safety in the event of demonstrations is primarily that of peacekeeping to ensure the physical safety of all involved and that, in the event of an incident, unless there is clear and present danger, their first reflex must be towards de-escalation. To this effect, the ASPC demands the CUC to initiate a comprehensive review of the Department of Campus Safety (to be conducted in a transparent manner and with significant student involvement) to ensure that they are following best practices surrounding the de-escalation of potential conflicts that might arise during demonstrations; sensitivity to racial, gendered, and other identity-based issues; and the preservation of free speech rights. The reports of this review will be made public so that students, staff, and faculty can examine it jointly in order to codify Campus Safety’s role in preserving a peaceful campus and demonstrations;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, ASPC demands that the CUC grant demonstration rights paralleling the rights delineated in this document to all faculty and staff affiliated with the Claremont Colleges;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, ASPC commits to review this resolution in Fall 2016 to examine the extent to which the measures it calls for have been implemented, and to consider additional measures at that time if unsatisfactory progress has been made;
AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that ASPC expects the Pomona College Board of Trustees, Pomona College President David Oxtoby, and Pomona College Dean of Students Miriam Feldblum to read and respond to this resolution.
Resolution of the Associated Students of Pomona College Senate