A petition by Carl Sangree ’18 to rehire fired dining services attendants Robin Alfonso and Kristine McLear has, as of this posting, garnered 1,628/2,500 signatures since it was posted five days ago. Earlier this morning, the petition broke its initial goal of 1,500.

My friend Robin Alfonso was fired from Williams College this summer. If you don’t know her by name, you probably knew her as “the ridiculously friendly Whitman’s snackbar lady.” Williams security accused her of smoking marijuana with students at the Mt. Hope Mansion during last year’s senior week, despite the denials of both her and students she was with. The administration fired her nonetheless, ignoring her fifteen years of faithful work without any prior incident. She is just as important to our community as any student or professor, yet she has not been treated with any level of fairness.

She is the main caregiver for her grandson and now is deprived of what was already a modest income. Her life has been effectively ruined, and she is extremely distraught even several months after the incident. She truly cherished Williams students and her job.

Williams is very keen on enforcing its drug policy but only seems to punish the most vulnerable members of our community. Please sign this petition so that I can help appeal Robin’s egregious termination at the hands of our college’s administration. Whatever punishment they believe she deserves has been served by her many times over.

Whenever I was having a bad day, I could count on Robin to cheer me up, and I know this was true for many others as well. Now she needs our help — let’s make this right.

UPDATE:
After writing this petition, I learned that another employee was treated just as unfairly as Robin as part of this same incident. Kristine McLear was also fired due to these same allegations and also claims she was never given a fair chance to defend herself; like Robin, she was presumed guilty. When I present this petition to administrators, I will also be arguing for Kristine. Kristine was a faithful employee and cherished just as Robin was.

No response from the administration yet. And we still have to talk about how former Williams Campus Security officer Joshua Costa and former employee Brian Marquis were terminated for blowing the whistle on the administration’s more, uhh, questionable behavior.

Edit: Last year, the Record profiled Robin Alfonso.

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