Williams students, faculty and staff,
In recent weeks, members of our community have been leaving notes and materials in front of the Hollander Hall offices of Assistant Professors Kai Green ’07 and Kim Love to honor and support them at a difficult time. It has now come to my attention that yesterday afternoon a faculty member removed these materials. I am in the process of gathering information about what happened, as I am deeply distressed by any interference with students freely expressing themselves in a way that is not disruptive. In fact, after senior staff and I confirmed that the materials were not impeding movement through Hollander we had asked custodial, CSS and other staff not to disturb them. I regret that we did not communicate this message more broadly.
I want to make clear that I fully support those who were expressing their thoughts and feelings through the content that was removed. People have now replaced that content and added to it. I and senior staff will work with students and others to find a way that it can remain without creating a safety hazard.
I have come to Williams with the goal of fostering a supportive and inclusive community where all members of a diverse learning community will thrive. I ask you to join me in continuing to strengthen these values going forward.
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UPDATE: Kai Green’s office is Hollander 106 and Hollander 111. Do you think that a professor with a nearby office might have gotten sick of looking at a bunch of junk piled in the hallway?
UPDATE 2: Thanks to a commentator for pointing out this Record article about the display (picture added above). If I were a professor who had no choice but to deal with that every day, I would get pretty annoyed . . .
UPDATE 3: From a comment:
McPartland removed the material in his capacity as Chair of the Hollander/Schapiro Users Committee after consultation with Campus Security and a conversation with them about the fire code.
McPartland’s office in Schapiro has now been decorated/vandalized in turn.
More details, please.
Entire Record article below the break:
Commitment to/with/for The Damned
By Haeon Yoon, Executive Editor
February 13, 2019
Student tributes honor Kai Green ’07 and Kimberly Love, who cited institutional violence in their decisions to take leave from the College
Following the green string that wraps around the first floor of Hollander is a student-organized visual remembrance outside the offices of Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies Kai Green ’07 and Assistant Professor of English Kimberly Love, showing support for the professors and extending their commitment to, with and for The Damned, a black feminist collective.
Students said that their ongoing commemorative effort seeks to convey respect, gratitude and appreciation for Green and Love, who have taken leave for what they characterized as the College’s institutional violence toward black and trans individuals. The hallways are decorated with notes, flowers, poems, artworks and bouquets made of Record copies – some partially torn – and Feminist Wire articles written by The Damned Collective as well as Green and Love.
As cited in Green and Love’s Feminist Wire article, the installation in solidarity drew on the works and writings of The Damned and The Damned Collective, which works to “combat the isolationists tactics of the University structure that prevents people who believe in transformation and freedom from getting to know themselves and each other differently, al(l)ways.”
Additionally, students have also used Facebook and other platforms on social media to draw attention to a petition where individuals can pledge their commitment to, with and for The Damned, under the hashtags #doitfortheDAMNED and #doitfortheDAMMM. There are cards, pens and other art supplies available in Hollander for more members of the College community to continue to show their support and solidarity for Green and Love.
Students characterized the effort as a collective one, declining to give specific names or quotes attributed to individual participants.