Wesleyan University Disorientation 2014

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Wesleyan University Disorientation 2014

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When [ lxg,m my freshman )"C'at at Wesleyan. I though t that walking on to the activism scene would

be hltly s1r.1Jghtforward.
Ac.t1visrn
ls i huge selling polnt (or incoming students, so from what l knew,
l was entering a wdl·milntaloed garden. I thought that l would wa..
nder dfottlessly,browse all the
different issues, and then righteously settle down in fron t of my chosen causc.

I was (o b\•iously) unp ttpa~d for the jungle that is ou r collection of institutiona l. tradi tional, and
c.ulturil problems. WhJJetrylog 10find m)' place in this jmlgle, I tripped o,·er roots, stumbled Into
O\'ergrownareas, a1idmost of the time, e,,ded up feeLUlg just pfalo tlred a1idlost. l was frustr~ted
to discover that many groups wcr< not as acti\'C'as thC')'had app<arcd. Even among. the most active
groups, f<w found time to colJaboratc and comm unicate with each other wh<n working. on similar
issues. 1lxcam< involv<d with man)' of th<S<without undcrs.tanding. how they tt lated to one another,
which ma.deIt diffic.ultfor rne to b.1fancemy eoergyand IJme. I was not following a t~II and I had no

map of our ac1ivl.st
jungle.
After two semes ters of diso rienti ng oric nt«ring.. the magnitude and mul tiplicity of institut ionaliud
injustices were impossible to igno r<. I r<aliud that activism could no long<r be the hobby of an isolat•

ed 1liche of of the student population.We needed an lnclusive a1idcohesh,ecommunityof con«nied
humins wotking together to hold Wesle}'into the standa..rdsIt boists and to ma..kethe best version
of Wes available to all members of our communi t)'. 'Jbus, I made it my mission to gather all the folks
who had navigated this jungle befo re us. acting as m)' cartograp hers as we work<d togethe r to create
a map for )'OU.

1ll1smap is not perfect,nor Is it $0methlng to be (oJJowedblhidly.As i WesactMs1,you will stm f«l
confiictcd, exhausted and dishear te ned at times. It is our ho~ that with the institutional lens that our
guide pro\'ides. you will be better equipped to tackl< your issues of ch oice. l<am ou r map well, but
be on th< look out for ovcrlook<d obstacles, faults in the path or inaccur acic,sin the map. We want to

hear it a.LIso we C-\ngrow;i.s a community and support e.\Ch other in our trtks. Nowgo ind explore
your ,,ew honte!
-Abby Cunniff ' 17 and Clai~ MarshaJl•17

TABLE OF DISCONTENTS

THE BASICS
ALTERNAT
IVE MIDDLETOW
N HISTORY
RACE@ WES
ABLEISM
INACCESSIB
ILITYOFWESLEYA
N
TRANS* DISCRI
MINTATION
HOMELESS
NESS& HUNGER
SEXUALASSAULT@ WES
LABORON CAMPUS
DIVES
TMENT
PALESTINE/ ISRAEL
DEEPGREEN
KNOWYOURDORM RIGHTS
ACTIVISMRESOURCES
CONTACT

SOME OFTHE BASICS

[

Let's start at the beginning. In order to create meaningful change we must ]
take an honestlook at our positionwithin the systemswe wish to alter, and
how that has impacted our understanding of the status quo

discrimination
Any action that DE N IE S social participation or human rights to a group
based on prejudice (an irrational dislike for a group or social category)

oppression
The exercise of authority or power in an unjust way, 0 IS CR IMINAT IO N
on an instituional level.
"If oppressive consequences accrue to institutional laws, customs, or
practices, the institution is oppressive whether or not the individuals
maintaining those practices have oppressive intentions :'

PRIVILEGE+ POWER+ PREJUDICE

OPPRESSION
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Society's tendency to provide unearned advantages to certain individuals
based on race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and other
divisions///.
People with privilege often remain untaught about institutions that
systematicallygivethem PR E FE RANT IAL T REA T M E N T ;the treatment
is instead seen as natural and unnecessary to address. By acknowledging
privilege, you are recognizing that you benefit from the oppression of others.
While many may say that they welcome greater rights and privileges for
oppressed people, few agree to lessening their own privileges.
Privilege exists on a systemic, societal level. Learning to acknowledge
the way the privileges that you do and do not have affect your life is vital to
understanding institutionalized discrimination.
In her 1988 essay White Privilege and Male Privilege, Peggy McIntosh
wrote, "in my class and place, I did not see myself as a racist because I was
taught to recognize racism only in individual acts of meanness by members of
my group, never in invisible systems conferring unsought racial dominance
on my group from birth:'

SUPPORT
OPPRESSION
~

DO NOTHING
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how to be a strong ALLY to
people with marginalized
identities*

* Assume that oppression in some form is everywhere, everyday.
* Notice how oppressions are denied, minimized, and justified.
* Understand and learn from the history of racism, heterosexism, ableism, ageism, etc.

* Listen to people's experiences and internalize them. Speak &
act in ways that amplify and support others.

* Avoid natural
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privilege

tendencies to become defensive. Oppressed
peoples have no responsibility to point out anything in a
polite manner.
Intervene when someone disrespects or demeans another because of their race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age,
economic status, etc.
Support the leadership of people who have historically been
oppressed.

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• modifiedfrom UnitarianUniversalistAssociationcurriculum

"CHECKYOURPRIVILEGE"
,.
ADMIT IT
LISTEN

means ~

EDUCATEYOURSELF

...

BROADEN YOUREXPERIENCE
TAKEACTION

Acknowledge the perspective that your
experiences have given you. Step backand allow
space for those whose voices are marginalized.
Maintain awareness of the benefits you have
systematically received. Reflect on the impact
of your own background and challenge your
own cultural assumptions.

what [dOU won'thear
~ about middletown
history
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A LEGACY
OF DISPLACEMENT

Like most old institutions. Wcskyanhas createda comfortablenarrativeof progressinsuJatingits past
from rt'alscrutiny.On the"BriefHistory"webpag<,
you'Ofind20thcenturydetails about theprcsmceof women
.'Indpeopleofcol.oron .:iinpus. Wh,1t)'<>ll
will tlOI6nd l.sa.nymen1Jonofthe local Inbesth.1t hOOto beds5placed
.'Indthe WestAfriC.'11\S
who were ENSLAVED to colonize Mlddl-etown:
the biggtr pkrure. 1he website
highlightstwo intentions secin 1831 b>'ReverendWilbur~ \l\~sley.)Ji•s
6rst president:thal Wesley-...
n was
wort.Ingfor°'Thegoodof the lndMdu;).)
educ31ed"
.'Ind°lhegoodof the wol'ld: WhenWilburm.1ckhis ~mark$,
sliwcr)'wasstiUlegal in thcstateof Conn«tk ul (it remained sountil l 848)and the population of first proplC'$in
WesternConnecticuthad dwindled from 10.<XX>
to 77:a 99%reductionfrom prc-<ontactk\><ls.
Entitt cuhurcs
wer(descrO)'(
d to conseructthe bubble of prMlege.wrroutldingV\~sley.-.n,
WesJeyJ.n
h,1sa Jonglegacyof ERASURE.Wl1hinthe Uber-A
l-arts cuJturt. it lscotwenient 10oover
up lmoomf<>rt.1bk
truths 3boutour instirution a.nd11splacei.nthe wol'ld. Reslsti.
ng the Impulse10whi1ewa.sh
hls.toryemp(>W'ers
us 1odojustice in the<umn1 ruomeru.

THE FIRSTPEOPLEHERE
Before LMO, Midd letown was referred to as MATTABESSETT. This word means ' where the river
bends" and is applied to a coU«t ion of 60 Western conllC'Ctic
ut tribes, induding the \\fangunk prople who lh'ed in
modcm-<la)' Middletown. The same "Indian Hill,. that now hosts European cachwe-rs, Second Stage performancn ,
and sunset pknlcs ~ formerlya Wio_gunkassembly place and burla.l ground We have records of chJef
Sowbe.1gbkiwfogi horn to c.111
me.l'1ings
3l "lndia.n HUI,"before Europein gravediggers,such ;>.Sthe founding
members of Eclectic societ)', stoic most of their remains for personal coU«t ions. academic prestige~ and
profit. White history does no justice to their commun ity, as "one Algonquin was so much like another
that weneed not specufa.tetoo cudousJyabout the bes-to.1meto be given to the tawny warriors,who were
gathered in the grimy wlgw-.unsthat clustered upon lndla.nHill."(250th AnniversaryMlddJetownHistory,
1900) The relationship (or lack thereof), established by early Europeans makes it ver)' difficult to learn and
honor what came be-foreMiddletown, but knowing that we don't have the whole picture is ou r first step.

THE PEOPLEFORCEDHERE

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After most native people had been pushed out, West African slaves ·wereimported to C.Onn«tk ut
as CHATTEL SLAVES. Unlikethe white indentured scn ants they worked alongside~ if African
slaves were C"VC'r
freed they r«ffl ·ed no compensation, and were banned from .,.otingfrom 1818 onwards.
Slaveslabored on "a triangular plot of land between Vine St.Knowles.and Cross St;about S acres in total...
[facilitating! the construction of l I houses, as wd) as a church, the A.M.E. ZionChurch." ~fanyof our wood
frame houses arc these same structures. but little has been done honor those who were e.tploited in the
construction of partof our campus..
Today. ConllC'Ctku
t boasts the largest WEALTH GAP in the U.S., and a burgeoning
prison-industrial complex.holding o..-cr16.500
persons. approxiniatdy 6796of whom arc propk of color
(Co1mcctk ut Department of Corrections). The exploitation of these and other groups is dircctJy linktd to
the «o nomic prosperity that enabled the foundation of Wesleyanas an institution of higher cduC'<ltion
. We
must be proacti\'C'and learn about the peoples who OCCUP)' and have occupied this land.We can embody
the community scr\'ice that Fisk envisioned but on))' if we come down off the hill (campus), read into the
communities that came before~and reach out to the communities that ha\·c come to be.
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RACE & RACISM
AT WESLEYAN

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ABLEISM
noun: dlsc~mlnalionagainst people
with disabiUties
basedin the notionthat
abte-bod,eanessIs the default.proper.
better,or desiredstateof a person

examplesof ABLEISM at wesleyan :

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professors mishand ling accommodati ons or obstructing accc<Ss
to th em
inscnsit h·c d iscussio n o( disab iJity issues in course curric ulum

Physical lnaccessibility of C.'lmpus :md limited ll1fonnation
on housing available in pe rso n at RcsLifc office. (sec below for

reoour« s)

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cxdus ionary medica l leave po licy
limi tations on special equipment an d suppo rt services depe nding
on stud ents° ability to t ravel an d to pa)'

Stigma surrounding discussion of disability and mental or
physical hea lth issues on campu s

examples of ABLEIST LANGUAGE
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RESOURCES
HEALTJ:IRESOURCESAVAILABLE ON CAMPUS

ACCESS
IBILITYMAPOFCAMPUS
HOWTOOBTA
INACCOMMODATIONS
Providing doc11111e,1tatio11
a,rd regis.teri11g
witl1tire Offic-tof Disability Support Suvi<cs
is the respomibility of each individual
st11dent.More i11formati
o,1 is available i,1
llieresomus listedabove.

IN A CCESS IBILITY @ WES
Wc:sis n« d•nwarc:,whk h mcMs th11
1WHETHEROR NOTA STUDENTNEEDSFINANCIA
L AIDCANAFFECTTHEIR
ADMISSIONS DECISION
. Scud.e
,us who will 1ltt d aid aredlscrtmlnated against In fa,sorof1hose ""'ho don't. As pyroh?<hntes
from
wnleyj,o~c;xplain~
, "lo $.Umup. the divcl'$
ily <:>r
thc Cfa.ss0(2 017 is m11
rkc:dly dillercn1(rom prc:,«ling Clll.$SCS,
As 11,p<-r«ntugc:<:>r
the Cla.ss,students of color dropped sllg.htl)•to 37 per« nt, whlle on the sod otto nomlc froo1THE NUMBE:R OF STU OENTS
RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID FALLS WELL SHORT OF ANY RECENT GENERATION OF WESLEYAN
STUDENTS , dropping to 42 p et(etl l from 48 percen1lllst year. SlmJlat l)', the number of ~tudetil$ receM..nggranHiJd fell to 37
peixent rl'Ofu 44 per« nt in tlk, previous clll.$S,Mc.inwhik , the numl>crof 6rst•g<D<'Nlion oolkge st1.
1dcnts d« Lincd to IJ pc:rtc:n1
fro,n I 6 per«>:
nt."

ACCESS TOAN EDUCATION
JUS1b~ usc:yo.1 come doc:sn"I mc:w that yoo g<t c:cluCo11
tc:d. Poor studc:nt.s11
nd $tudc:nt$ ol color often hu\'c: lrwl>lc:nc«ssi ng
the finand-al a1ld acadendc resources thal Wet has to offer. Some students of color repor1 BEING TAKENLESSSERIOUSLY
IN THEIR CLASSESBY WHITEPROFESSORS.1hc:gap l>c:t
...,·
c:enstudent.sfrom diffc:R'nt scxioc:oono
r:nic: cl.iss¢$is forther
widened by tl,e addlllonal oppot1unltlu 11.00
ll..1
ne that wealth)' stude,ns have and poor ~tudef!Ulack. This disparity lnd udes the
l'.lc1du t poor students who work multiple:jobs hu\'c:lc:sstime:for $tw.lyand ext:nu::
urrk ulilr ..ctivitks, 11$
wc:U11$
(c:w« oppomm ili('$
In cl:asse-J
that require extta finand-al l\°'$0Ultttfrom students, like field ul ps where addltlo-nal costs (like food) ""'IUnot be covered.
Bc:c11
.use Weskpn OOnn' I c:mphMizc: tc:.iching the:history of the: poor .a.nd people:o( color, 1h~ $1\»dc:n
t.s are FORCEDTO
EDUCATE
THEIRPEERSANO/ORENDURETHEIRPREJUDICE
ANO IGNORANCE.
White
m,y f"'l 1hey\•eJud
tbc:ir minds opened, bul $tudc:nts of oolor 11
nd poor $t\UX'nt.s ol'tc:n f« I emOliOO,,l
Ur and inl<"lkctmUr dr.ainc:
d b)· this .lddittonul
labor➔ This problenl has roots In the desegregation of out ln~t ltullon, ""'hen 1he presence of ~tudef!Uof rolor '-'".IS
In m-an)' 'A'll)'S
inlc:ndc:dto forth« the:1hc:e,:pcriCTK:c:
of while,$,noe pnw idc:11,.11c,qun) oppor1unity tbr «t ucation.
Many poOferstudents come from schools 111
which sttategk rule-breaklng, such as reque~tln.gextensions oil papen. Is not an
option. lh«c: ,u~ muny pc:d-'&ogiculdiffc:rc:
ntt$ between high WlOol nnd college. and frc:qucndy $tuc.knt$ofl owc:rsocioeooDomic
s1a1tn do1f1k1lOWabout these dlffere!lces..These "ttl d a" of the prMJeged are no1 always a1loounced, but ra1her as~umed. and
STUDENTSWHO DON'TCOMEFROMPRIVILEGE
DON'T HAVEACCESSTD THESEADVANTAGES
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I am writing ~ becauseI am an£ry. I am alienated.and I want people to wake up and
look around them I am writing this not as CesarA Chavez,Wesleyan University, Class
of 2015. I am wrmng this as CesarA. Chavez.poor Hispanic male, age 19. I am writing
this becauseWE CAN 11:0LONGERIGNORETHE ECONOMICDIFFERENCESTHAT
ARE PRESENTON OUR CAMPUS. I am wnling this because I am not ashamedto say
that I am poor and I want to break the silence around the issueof poverty ,.

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ACCESSTO THE CUL-URAL& SOCAL EXPERIENCE
Wot klng 01w-or multiple }obs durln.gthe school year also reduces itudef!U' ability to access Wess extracurrk ul:araccMties and
networking c:onnc:dioru. Morc:O\
·c:r,the oblig.itory S1udc:n
1 contribution to tuitton rmd«s \'.lh.&
11b
~ UDp.i.id iDtc:rn.ships next to
lmposslble for m:ul)' ~tudef!U.S!udefltswho are abs1a11
, from s!JM1a
nce use (for a varlet)' of reasons) oft.ell 6nd the sod a}scene al
\V('$l~ n in.ic,cc:.s.sib
lc:nnd k,c:I$1igr:nntizcd for no1wnnling to p.articip.atc:in this huge:11
$pc...;
t of our c.ulh 1r.:. The:instilution is 11Jso
oot Wt)' accesslble for l\on-co-nforinln.ggel\der folks who sometltnti feel UNSAFEANO UNWELCOMEIn bOlhthe social and
physi<;.
1! o:p<"ri«K:.:on om ~m pu.s.

ACCESSTO CAMPUS FORNON-WESLEYAN PEOPLE
PubUcStfet)' officersoften demaOOsto see ro ·s from people the)' don't think are Wesleyan s1udents, 11
nd If they are I\Ot, intiy eldw-r
C$OOr1
th<"mfrom lhc:c:nmpus or h.a,•c:them ticketed for ITC$
p;using. lhis m(lll)Sdu t non-tr.ai
ditioD11).studc:nt$ (who m11rbe ol<kr
than 22) and stude,us of color (who w P-Safe, dept>l\dJng OI\ how they're dressed, .sonlt'tlmes look like "urban youlh~") have had
their Sliltus 11.s
.stu<knt$ quc:stionc:d. THISALSOPROMOTES
TENSION
WITH THENON-WESLEYAN
PUBLICwho might be:
ltuerested Ina ltt ture or a concert on campus, or mlghl like sleddln..gor relax:lngon FemHIii, or wortJ ng Ill Umg l ane Fann. (Evffi
.al the f.arm P~fc: cars m 1isc:oc id~ looking for pc:opk who ..don't look.like:\V(11c:y.a
n .studt:nt$," c:,·c:nthough the:f.ar m is cx.plkilly
a COO
lnlUl\lty far,n Oft>
" to the public).

TRANS* DISCRM NATON
PREFERRED
GENDER
PRONOUNS
A PGP is the pronoun that a person chooses to use for themself. For example, ifJames prefers
to use she, her,and hers,you would say "Jamesate her strawberries because she was hungry."

GENDER
NEUTRAL
PRONOUNS
Examples of gender neutral pronouns are they, them and theirs,as well as ze, hir ("Rachel
ate hir strawberries because ze was hungry'.') You should never use "it" or "he-she" unless
you are asked to. Some people prefer no pronouns, so that you use only their name when
referring to them.

HOWTOASKABOUTPRONOUNS
Ifyou are unsure aboutsomeone'sPGP,there are many waysto ask One of the easiestis to
introduceyourselfwithyour preferredpronoun and then askabouttheirs,so that youaren't
singlingthem out.

SOMEHISTORY
OFTRANSFOLKS
AND
WESLEYA,t---TheQueerTask Force (partof theWSA)
2003

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helped ensure all trans* identifying
people single dorms, but that 1,1ear
singlesalso
included a $300 extrafee.

Administration institutes SPRIN
G
the UnIvers1t1,1
Gender
Neutral Housing policy,
a gender-neutral housing assingment
option,which 80 students opted into.
The then-Dean of the College,Peter
Patton felt it was ·against his moral
values·to haveroommates of opposite
biological sexes,and advocatedfor the
division of these pairs. Administration
revokedthe University Gender Neutral
Housing policy over the summer.

the hall. "Due to... the fact that it
separated transgende
r and queer students
from the rest of the Universit1,1communit1,1
, it
was discontinued for the next academic 1,1ear."
(WesleyanArgus,Oct 2013)

2004 Administrationdecidesto discontinue

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Wesle1,1an
createsa genderblind hall in the Nies, onl1,1
one trans*studentis successf
ully placed
on thehallwhilemostother residents did
not requestto be placed on the floor.

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passes a resolution in
OCT 2004 WSA
support of the reinstitution
of the Gender Neutral Housing Policy. It also
conducted a poll that got 1,000 responsesand
found that 92% of studentssupported the Gender
NeutralHousingPolicy.

------------CURRENT

trans* issues @wes

There are currently no options to change PGP's, and it is difficult to change gender/name . The Universityhas promised to implement an

online route for name changes this semester,but has yet to make this availableto students. Many students and facultyhave worked hard to make
changing one'sPGP an accessibleoption, which willhopefullybecome a reality in the next few weeks.Youmust have name changepaperwork from
your state of residencyto officiallychangeyour name for the school'sdocumentation.
Reslife physical plant and individual buildings/ facilities have often failed to provide reasonable accommodation for people whose
genders make bathroom use fraught/ complex. The issue surrounding the bathrooms was not just the lack of accessibilityof gender-neutral

bathrooms in some key spaces (Olin, for example)but also that genderedbathrooms promote a male-femalebinary that excludesand makes unsafe
anyonewho doesn'tneatly fitinto one of those two categories.The University'sresponseonly reallyaddressedthe firstissue by making the all-gender
bathrooms more accessible,putting a new one in Olin, and de-gendering a few multi-use ones.The University'sreason for not making all bathrooms
gender-neutral originallyhad to do with building codes about numbers of fixturesavailablefor men and women, but it was determined that those
building codes don't excludemulti-use all-genderbathrooms. The other issueswere that some faculty/staffare older and more conservative;some
religiousgroups may feel uncomfortable using gender-neutral facilities;and that many of the areas with public restrooms are not used by only
Wesleyanstudents, but also by members of the community,visitors,etc. The issue of religiousconflictshould be addressed as a community,but the
other concerns about gender-neutral bathrooms put discomfortover the safetyof trans* people.

trans*discriminationin the US*
The largest and most
comprehensivestudy of
trans and gender nonconformingpeople found

of trans people in the survey were harassed,

9 Q%mistreated, or discriminated against at work, or
hid their gender identity to avoid such treatment.

26 Q/10

Jost a job because they were trans
or gender non-conforming

•adaptedfrom BrendanO'Don11elfs
"Defi11itio11
and Redefinitum:Allianceand
Antagonismin Homosexualand TransCommunitiesi11the u.s:'

The trans* and gender nonconforming population also has high
rates of homelessness, substance
abuse, incarceration, and there are no
federal laws prohibiting employment
discriminationon the basis of sexual
orientation or gender identity as of
April 2014.

MIDDLETOWN HOMELESSNESS
REMEMBER
THEBASICS
Students used to plentiful food and comfortable housing at Wesleyan must remember the population within walking
distance from campus that does not enjoy those securities. People are homeless in Middletown. The Eddy Shelter (a local
resident shelter) is always at capacity; demand exceeds their thirty available beds. From the months of November to April,
various churches host "warming shelters:' opening up their floors to the needy; this year, there were over 220 unique visitors
to the warming shelters, averaging 20 residents a night. In August of 2004, a local reporter volunteered to spend three nights
on the street to gain some perspective on the day -to -day experiences of Middletown's homeless population. Aside from
noting criticism and disdain from young people, he also reported that it is a criminal offense to solicit spare change. He
heard anecdotes detailing police strip searches and arrests for cursing at cops. He was arrested for sleeping in the park, then
released and told not to return to the park lest he be arrested for trespassing. The officers attempted to refer him to a shelter,
but no spaces were available. The home less popu lation in Middletow n is often in need of compass ionate

hospitalit y. Do not abide the stereotypes that cons truc t our homeless popul ation as criminal.

"LOVE IS NOT PRIMARILY
A RELATIONSHIP TO
A SPECIFIC PERSON:
IT IS AN ATTITUDE, AN
ORDINATI ON OF CHARACT ER
WHICH DETERMINES THE
RELATEDNESS OF THE
PERSON TO THE WHOLE
WORLD AS A WHOLE, NOT
TOWARD ONE OBJECT OF
LOVE"
- The Art of Loving,
Erich Fromm

STVINCENT DE PAUL
St Vmcent De Paul meets the needs of the poor and homeless in
greater Middletown, Connecticut. A four-pronged mission, St.
Vmcent'sprovides nutritious mealsthrough our communitl,J
Soup Kitchen and connects people to basic support
services and emergency funds through our Communitl,J
Assistance Program. We also operate the Amazing Grace
Food Pantry and a Supportive Housing Programserving
individuals with disabilities. During 2013-2014, students
from Wesleyan organized, in partnership with St Vmcent
du Paul, a weekly writer's group on Thursday afternoons.
Students would typically volunteer in the morning, though
this is not imperative, and then help facilitatelow-key writing
workshops, which would often include reading/discussing
poetry, freewrites,or more directedprompts. Talk to Susannah
Greenblatt, Talia DeRogatis,YaelHorowitz, or Daniel Pope re:
involvement in thiswriter's group; wcil love to see it continue!
other organizations that do this work: Church
of the Holy Trinity , First Church , Streetfire
Ministries , Adath Israel

FOODNOTBOMBS
Feed off the waste of the capitalist heteropatriarchy at
Food Not Bombs! Every Sunday people from Wesleyan
and beyond take food that would otherwisego to waste
and cook up a delicious vegan meal. Middletown Food
Not Bombs is one of a thousand FNBs around the
world. We give away the meal for free at 1 PM at 605
N. Main St, in front of the Buttonwood Tree. Cooking
starts at 11 AM at the First Church at 190 Court St - just come to the kitchen
in the back!

MIDDLETOWNPOTLUCK
Middletown Potluck is a collective which
aims to bring human connection back into
the relationship between Middletown and
Wesle1,Jan
. We strive to put human beings at the
center of everything we do. We function as an
anarchic group of people committed to creating
conversation around difficult topics within the
Middletown community. We host monthly
dinners where we cook for everyone and have
discussions on various issues. This year we had an interfaith anti-oppression
dinner, a forum at dinner focused on hunger and homelessness, and a dinner
with songs of social change. From these conversations, many different projects
are born and organized by Middletown residents and Wesleyan students. From
our Hunger and Homelessness Potluck we started a project to raise money for
lockers for the Middletown homeless shelter. As a group, we have developed
relationships with many organizations and individuals in Middletown who work
toward similar aims.

EDDYSHEL
TER/FOOD RESCUE
The Eddy Shelter is Middletown's homeless shelter. With a formal capacity of
around thirtyguests,they are always overbooked, informally extending stays beyond
the 6-month limit. During winter especially,they are packed with extra cots. The Eddy
shelter has no functioning oven and basicallyfeeds their residents off of Wesleyanfood
waste, which becomes very difficult during Wesleyan's6-week winter break. Just this
spring, they opened transitional housing units on their second floor. We recommend
you check it out! Being up on the hill where it is located is a zany experience -- a bunch
of old abandoned psychiatric facilitieswhisper nightmares in the crisp wind.

SEXUALASSAULTON CAMPUS

*

CONTENTWARNINGforrapeond ,,. ,.,, ass,uhas this d-Ocu
ment makes refere,,ce
to specific
Incidents"'
Wesleyail. Conumuiity and official suppor1resourcescan be :ioces.se
d b.tts;, ~ ;\Jld httt.

HEREAREWESLEYA
N'S OFFICIAL DEFINITIONSANOPOLICIES
ON SEXUALMISCONDUCTANOCONSENT
First, the basks . Conse nt ..must be inform ed, knowing and voluntary~

I.____.

TIME LINE

9I-,0'

V,tf'rfl'I lt.'<1ilT1ttf(lt
V,'e.i=o,1;1r
(t1 IBn. ',\t
,.j,;cnc• rttier1~US

Jf\

Consentto one accMtyls not ool\Selnco :ill forms of 3ctlvity,and CONSENT
MUSTBEPRESENTATAll TIMES
,,,d c,n bewllhdr,wn" ,,,ytlme. It Is

.111,11:!l:>lli!~l!li!O'r',\(nf(\
~L ,·, lc;t( OTrr.Y'l,I ca'IOOT6
·t the' Urv,ie1a11!,l
CCUO

not consent if the otha person is forced. coerced, intoxicated,or incapacitated.
Any sexual activity that takes place withou t con.sent is sexual assault. Physical
or verbal S<xual harassment and retaliation against sur\'i..-orsfor resisting or
repor1Uig:'Ire al.sopun.lshable for viofating1heWesley.,.ncode of oon-a,,.demk
beh,wior.

~fC()

WHY010 SEXUA
L ASSAULTRECENTL
YENTERTHESPOTLIGHT
ATWESLEYAN?
Whilesexu.-ilassault Lsand h:asbeen a nerpetua
l prohlem:uWe;slsw:\U
and
aU othc-rinstitutions of higher learning. the atten tion the issue receives from
our comm unity and the nationa l media ebbs and flows. lhe spring of 20 14
saw an un precedented increas< in cam pus dialogue regarding S<xual assauh
:md the instin1tlons thMsupport ii, but a dls;1.ppol
ntlttg fackof poUC)' chattge

froin the S<:hool.
Much of that conversation focused on the roles MALE PR IVILEGE,

RAPE CULTURE, ANDRESIDENTIALFRATERNITIES pl•)';n fad!;1a1;ns
or normalizing sexual assault. O\'er last spr ing break, Preside nt Roth S<nt

out ;1.nemail annomidng the faw~u11
1uwioqr.~t
U a.nd questJonlng "wh:at
role, if any, resldentfal fr.uemldes will have on our campus ln the future":The

rl'li! e'"l!ft.'J~ 'A(r'l'".(1\
t<.'::'!00 w c1-, JJ rro. ";t;toot

'c

· T912tr J97r I

RECENTMEDIA
COVERAGE
OF SEXUAL
VIOLENCEATCOLLEGES
&own U'ive<Sky'Sf'l'Jl'I~ putt

·1rrog~ Rape zw

Sdove'sp:ess ccrlernc:«
Co\,etageol Cdumblal.hi\>ersty's
TitleIX/CleryCompla~S SIJ)mlteCI

oy23 SlUClentS,
anaSlUCJen(
fama

Stlkrudc.z'weo:e:w
r-.me New
\tKkTmes
rte While House spedat
invesUgalive
task fOfce releases
,eccmmendatbns

rte

cases are exceptional. The v;i.st in:ajorlty of ~xual assauJts go UNREP
ORTED
ANO UNHEARD bec;1.u~of th e prevaJence of victlm·bla.mlilg attitudes

irrvestigaoon.

this M!lde), and the launching of this weh:(lte.followedup the carnpus bun
surrounding ~pe and frMsln th e first few weeksof fourth qu:arter. ActM.sts
on and off of the Wesleyrul Stude-nt Assembly proposed a resolution that
expressed their suppo rt of a University sanc tioned ultimatum to the ho uS<d,
single-g.ende-rfrats •· integrate women into your ho uses or lose them. Again,

and launches

Ng}oJQQeQOV

revdation that a student had bee n raped in the Psi U commo n roo m in public
precipitated a treme ndous wa\'e of stud ent outrage . lhis lawsuit followed ~
agilinst both Wesleyan and Beta after an assault in 20 10. but these high profile

and language, shame or em barrassme nt after the assault, and harmfuJ socia l
stigmas ag<1instreporti ng..
Art icles in the Argus {including this open letter} and on WeslC')'ing(like

cM"ipaign,

which fd.!.owed student Lena

Dept. of eoxaccn'S CliSCIOSU'e

of U'le ZS. scnoctscureo(ltJ
undet n>esugation lo, Title D(

Tl.ItsUnwsit\(s fal!ure 10 meei
Ttr-e IX':$sr.oodiYJI!.
for se,o,ral
misccml.lct pol.ides .n:I the th'eat

of10s1r9au ieoerat
funaNJ
Mt.«UpleCovet ~ for Ille
~ TheNaliOn.
une.and 1!lf

NewYod<
Imes

it's not hlgh profi.le court cases that are our problem. itS our cuhura..l, social,
a1id admll1i.strMh·e failings that make those litigations 1lecessary.ln 20 12,

977

14.1696 of frosh at WC'Sle)'anreported being taken advantage of SC'X
u aU)' in
the first two months of schoo l.

979 "'he
SJB,ecotTrn.il'(!s
svsoenano2 sio()!NS

Ps1reooonsreccr-ono
n~crts 01 sexuatassa1.1.
JNl n ~.rreN.
IOJndW,PO"'~M tor

S~t>ll ..Y....<:.,),;ll
PrQ 1:l~t

WHAT POLICYCHANGECAME ABOUT FROM THE STUDENT
GOVERNMENT
OR THEADMINISTRATION?
After four public meetings.. the WSA passed Resolution B-this one, and
this one . Hov."'C'ver
, the University is not required to take any action when the

WSA p.1.s:ses:a resoludon •· it ls simply a statement of student oplllion. Th.ls
June. the S<:
hool hlred a 1iew &1uity Comp-HanceDirector/Deputy 1itle lX

Coordln,tor,DebbieColucci.Otherwi.se,
theyh,veNOTANNOUN
CEDANY
P OLICY CHANGES regarding.the S<xaul assauJt tt'port ing and adjudication
processes, residential fraterni ties. or other pre\'ention efforts.

Ca'Tl~EO.
re<lu::es

SM!l:"'Ono(0 prots.lU(W'\,

·sens. , ti,;trcui1rq,·
and

_w,wn;;
JSSIJl'T'(I(· en

se:<1:.m

98,6 F r:,t p\blc
S,J('\

e-,ml wn:.im
,,:rs~IIUlei(S!(fP.Sen

ttie !t:!P'->ct Net!hC:illeqe

987

Res!tere;comrrerds

COOO...U!iC(l
(I lf,ll'i 'Arr.n

lhree'-jears

989 o,move.-su
,JITa,~6)Ck
the Ngh! \\ti£>""men retuse
1osfil1J
noiec

a lhec.·owct

OO-;.«ri:n

WHATPOLICYCHANGESDIDTHE INTER-G
REEKCOUNCILOR
INDIVID
UALGREEKORGANIZATIONS
ADOPT7

ac.tuall)' be implemented. ln fate April. th e the,,~currentmembers of Psi U

RECENT
INCIDENTS
& ACTIVISM
AT WES

held a priv:ite m~ll ng to discussthe possibilityof ACCEPTINGFEMALE

spring Altet a

MEMBERS. After an internal vote. they decided the organization would
onl)' co-cduaitc if ii was requir«I to by a cha nge in Unin• rsit)' po licy.

2010

The lGC sponsored ;).resolu1IM lnslin1tlng byst;).nder intervention
training, so~r patrol at parties. morc daytime social C\'C'n ts , and greater
accessto residential frat hoUS<sfor other student groups. Promises of reform
a.rt unhnpressiYe,andwe h,weyet tos« which of these practl<:es.if an)', will

WHATHAVEGREEKORGANIZATIONS
SAIDON THE SUBJECT
OFFRATERN
ITIESANO SEXUALASSAULT7
In a recentblogpost. Roth rtpeMedhow pressing :in Issue he btlieves
publicity about sexuil ass;).U
lt MWesley3
n to be. In 1h31S;)Jne post. he explaJns
that the boord of tru.ste<"S
discussed the issue at k ngth at th<ir meeting in

Iall

2010

feo

2011

May and calls for student input on the issue. \Ou can SUBMIT YOUR

THOUGHTS ANOSUGGESTIONSreg:,rdlng Wesley;,,1s
poBcleson sexu• I
ass;).Ult
prt\·t11lio1,
a1'\d reportingand wh..-itrole, if 3-ll)',fr.u ernitJes shouJd pl"Y
on ~m pusUithe future.

ON CAMPUS ACTIVISM
FEMINIST UNDERGROUNDis a new studentgroup<le<licated
to feminist
activism.Tobe addedto the Ustse,ve
, emailChloeat cmurtaghti\vesteyan,edu

OCCU'S at

Beta

The schooltriesto ban srudenis
partyrg
at BE<a.
Slt.ldett'sp,cxes1
lhe overtybroad
ban on "soclefu:rg'di-~
The lfats ~ to comeunder
school ~risdk:fon as !YOQ(
am
houses Md !he admrisll .. lM
/rem IMr<Jor

A frosh who was raped n Beta
in tre faa<J20'0 wes Belaand
Wesleyan negUgerce

apr

A stuclert ~ rapedin the Psi U
comm:::o
rocmby a pleclgeduri"'g

oct

FEMINISTART 8 THOUGHT CO_LECTVEdoesjustasitsnameimp(les.
Emailtaltman@wes.teyan.edu

20 14

mar

THE MONUMENTQUILT

ro,

a well·altendedpl$

party

The survtvorsues Psi Upslk::t\
the
Xi Chapterot the
frat. and sev«al Psi U brot:hets
iOf negtlgeooe
. Conversai:k::n
is
s~
a1v,tes1eyM

,,~n

Sdeoce·1$·V1Alecx:eag
lau'ches

TUESDAY SEPT 2"'
3PM - 7PM

Westeying J>.!Jlisn,s
a_Jet\e£
~andi"'g the coeducationor
ossoMIMof the three.u-ma:,,
residertialfraternities
, l hasso::,..s9lo:ill>'esrn::mstu:jents,faculty.
Slaff.andituf'mi

on rosshill

Thisdisplayofthousandsof teslinoniatsfrcmst.r\livorsof sexualassaultand will
createa publicspace10, lrdlvdual heaUngand encouragethevAOO<
cOf'Omun
ly
lOengagein a cWfioottand necessaryconversationabovtsexualassault Come
10,tMdlsp!ay,wo,dsof h sptationf(()NlthefoundersolFORCE
: UpsettingRape
CVlture
. poetry workshops,.
studert art exhibitsand activistu afting, ~ is the
1acebook
event!

(l!l)e

20 12
2013

c+llUDl!D

Ht:JN!(

ropealsthe llOOC1I

STUDENTS =oRCONSENT & COM~UNICAT ON runs bystander
interventionsand consent v10rksho~ along with planl'W'lgTake Bacl<the
Night. EmailNinaat ngurak@westeyan.edu
for moreinfo.

MONU
MENT

se:<uatassault at Beta
Theta P\ the Untversilywarns
studentsto avoidlhe !rat

apr WSApassesResoo,IMB, vAlh

20 '"
apr

21"

p,lldes In lhe withlhe Ap/116th

""""
Thefirst "Proioct
NmAslrina
forl"

is filmedin the ButtC lounge,The
~ nspres Smita
r projectsat
Ul\<el'Sities
acrosstheco.nry

mau OurinJWew,ve,

roe;:;,,ges._cf

11'"~ forsuMvcrsarepfgected
enPfesi::fent
Roth'soffice

sept The Mom.men! OJI[ccmesro

2•• WeslelJanl

LABOR ON CAMPUS
<1fabl«I la1)d
WbtJ\ Weslcya" fa1X$tight ful(lt1¢
ial cu~odQJ'lsd<-.-in 1he ~me ~~•111e
(,oc,1(1
gc (1$
wlm~ armpit hair m11ko }'OU ,;ool. Whttt Jtr.ut,;, su.na
who b<a!"llhc brunt of it•••dufi: oora: and they 1ttm 10 bt dnms:
ol:. Maybt
U!ink·l82 cm-n lxl.nlUlill lht h.UIJ wilh 1ong, rli;ht. ilJ moil ,'Ulncl'ilbk ,:onjfitu,mts. ( Not oor workl'l"lj..u1 aren't l<\ltktng M hnnL .~
Wl)Ct¢ disciplinary points slowtt'diSMP(lte Mkhll('l Rod>.whose $Alary ~w • 5176.669 Likr.all)• th111w.u ,;;;al,db)• an ...!minlJtrnlor.
wilhtbe$:'IJ'l
,-ISotumc.
t#Se ill 2(HO,) In tbc fall of 2(114 W~\ln
A rc-~y high up (l,-t1"iil
iSlt.1C«.USL.ACh(IS
At \l/<$1C)''-"t
l'OUwillkc th:Mdebau.;b«I (" ' b<ld:.fin(l1)da)(lid. Without nc«I blind
lunlor l'<~rt ing on $la&<laJt night, 001 only ,,,:lmi.nioia. it$ nOk' h.atdn than ~'«' for ((
mir-Kuloudy rid (){ ho h.ulg.o"~r on Friday k,wn mcomt itud<:n!J to bC' ll«<'pt<'d into
FOLKS LIKE ERLINDA
IOOC'ning,bu.1oonuibutiog ¢)(,gAA
dy in bi, Wesky&I)and p¢1l~s harJ.c,r$Ull.10 foe}$(11("
,
FACE
OAUt-..
T NG WORKLOADS
"Vnilcfi1andi1,g
Pot.1-MoJcm
App,roptial.iOM wppo 11«1, '-l'ldhappy (11te1)diflg.
fo th-. fall of
EVERY
DAY
(OR NIGHT) TO
of 01 ltw'AI An,Al)1iSThc<lries~
dAS-s.
J{()W'ci.'tf. 2(113, '''«ic1\ln down,$il«I its CU:Slodia
l $1(1if
th,: N>My h,: ,:mMhtd on O lin 1kp$ "-on't from 60 tu 50 l<Wk<'n.Folk,;likt Etimda fllC<' MAKE UP FOR VIESLEYAN'S
BUDGETCUTS
loldJ C'Vl.'
f}' day (ur mght) to
m,..;iu lly dh11ppur. Ndtha will lht JP<W~ dnu.ntini;. w.,.-1:
$~d
aUdu«1gb Nies 5, ~ Erlillda '-'ill mi.1:c-up,.,..W<'.$k)'/ln·, bu~ (Uh . Wakt·up·
proOO~•
dc1m1bt11
up,.h1Mas.sheW-J
I dt ~n 11
II in-lhe•lligln•with•bad:-$()Mnl, \<.'Ot
kloo,is. b«n pu,:hing to natl' a romnu tt«. calkd
of Nies 4Wld6.\\'«( Cc>l •.f:.MdHcwit13 a1)d Mi wb111happens whc-ndlCYdOJ\\ fulisbl tbc Code of Co1"pliA11,;eBoord IW()n(ing
9, hopeful ly with tht hdp t>f0 1:.t othtr pc-non. Th()' p.1 yd kd 111.
Wlwt luppmJ when they title) l<l¢Sl(lb1
itih 11.sl.fJl<la
1d fot labor 111Wes
JP(llk oot to thdr Sun S,:.---.i«J malU4,'(N? tlu.t rdlu1, our cummunity'J ,·11
SCImuch h dunt for U$ 111ro!ki;t-our
lue,. J1J b«n
Th()' i;tl }'l:lkd /IL And lntimidi.ttd. And then a fighl. and will co.-mut to bC',b«11- the
pa~>c-(lgg:l'MiVclyJ)\lllbb¢J w\tb W.lJ'll
il)gS liTiiWl"l
ily ttfuse to talk dn«tly to w.,.-1:C'u.
"
TrE CUSTODIANS.FOOD
fo, tbi1,gsIi~ clcxkingou1<igl\c1"itlures <-'1})', WM¢ yei. lhey J116(ify
lhis poMtiOI)b}• biding
SERVICE WORKERS. ANO
Too many wamins1 11-ndyou'rt $1Uprndtd. bt-hiild I.he~guc 1ernu of 1bc sub00tllt.CI,
GROUNDSKEEPERS HOLD
l'Vl.'nfin:d. llu. f, mllllll1· wiml' li'SLAC. th< When I.he111.Lu
iniAM iOtlre~ 10 show up
THS SCHOOL TOGETrER,
Untt,:d S1udmt·L.llbor Ad,on Cwlitfon. tu any m«tmg whl'tt a l<\ltk<'r mi;ht also be
ANO HO\'/ HAVE THEY BEEN
(Om<$ ii\. \'k M'C • kit lc'8 to IO$C iii <Wl
ing in att,:1)dan,:.._they ti.u m they aJT prot<dlng
TrANKEO OVERTrE YEARS? wboo1)1n,:t«I oon1pa1Lies
. Ii~ Sun StrVio:es. tbm\Sth'<$ froo1 pot¢t'lti(II li(lbility••d~
NOTENOUGH
n OU! on thm bulW.il.
wo1ker, might Sl(lrll<l<011.$
iikt Weslcya11
tbrir
USI.ACalro c,dlJ on th< Jfflool 10.-dua lly emp~r (iii (lddil.00 l<lwb.:ootrllCIOJ
, tbrir
$h,:iwtt$ .scnibb«I
, ooms flipped. diShc, ,:mblldy ltJ apoustd ttputa llnn of bdng a ditt.:1 <mplO)'l:t.)Won:<,hn.v,:n forbid. if lhcy
w.shcd. drnins undogg«!, tmtl l\'lka-1-OUS
. ~on
of Pf'(lgR#f''CIICIMStlliil~eMI"'JIIS- hMI11nacdikn 1on lh<jub. wndn1 mli;hl huld
the 1·1M.klest
kids 111
0-11\J(like dwtil (l«(IUIIIBblelO £rnpl0}'<"1
light bwb6 <lu..,.-t. ourn~
unm(l,ie
. A1)d \IMllg i1to (lltl'(l<'.t
R<:spo1~
ibility
it',: don,: b)· lum:lwurking pMpk who labor }\lllf SJl(ld idve'.$.)Wh<n w.: call upon th< (11\J$UC (hem. This\'Ct')' poil'tt¢JiyCll((lp,suU(es
the lnduJtrr jf1100/lrd, tbc Univer.si(y's•ttitudc t~rds its wod.tn .
O'(l")xllly$Cl du.I l<'I:,:11ndu collq:c-kid thin~ Unn>tnit)· 10rli< .llbO"¥"t
The cu~od~I\ food $CJ-.k,: wo,l:e11, a1)d th.i.!b)• oo mt.1m cmu rl' lh111 11work.tr$ right$ ·rhq· l<'ilnl no ttJJMlnRbilil}' or IK(OO
llt/lbdity
gro-u)ds):«per, hoJd thiS6'.hool 1~bN a1)d (ltld~fdytrc pro1ectcd<,.1st(Ipoilllofiilt~.
Ot rontad with tht $C'1'Vkl' l<\ltk<'l"l that k«p
~ F'J'EJ.
• tbis 6'.bool n1111li1,g
how M~ they bOM dW\);(d O'W
f lhe yws? in 1bcill,ius1ty, l.hcyrefer to W-Oftt11
,
·'Full Tmlt F.qu...·Unlu .") lhcy ~luug."AmlKM
Not toough.

WESLEYAN
UNIVERSITYis

"

USL.ACiUt 1Mng ((lU WWe)'M dw: txtel'll.lsrctipc<JI,•wr«i:Mi<lll:.(11>iJ
IO\'Cto all ofils OOtnill\
ltlity mtll'lbcl'$--11(lt;. ,st IL'IC
OJ\C$
lh(lt pay$
lot lo go h<:IT.W,: UC' fighting ~aiiul the mnrpnalimtion 11ndinviJ.lbiliudon of s,:ni« w.,.-Un on camp11$••
1o unrnvd tht miminoq,tlon
lhal campuJ u beau1lful 1100fu1Ktionalby 101tnt '®:tu{ magic.
ThiSis why lit 1m, USLACrdctitlC$S
lypushed f<11
Ul\k>nrcpr<$Cl'ltMio'.ln
f<11
I.he.:us1odi11
11SC\'<'l'Iwbe11\\'«k:)\Jn adminit,,tl'(ltioJ\
1ri«Ito
J<fay d'ICpiOCC$S,
(Ind dctiNJ\doJ
IM,llgwages.p¢11.$iOO~fJ'l.d
paid ~etti01» 121El.<tJ\litN the \<.'01kcrs
("-1b,;:OJ\l~Ctcd
b}• foitilll (Itthe
til"e) W()t'I Ul'tiot'Ire~t'-lio1 1o\'IWey&n kept Jd(lyl.ilgtlM:puxeM>,.
lJSLACprese111cd
presidentlkn 1>e1W\lb• petition Ng11iroby(lboul
1.SOOJtud.mts 11-nd
43 f.Kully mnnbcn. 11ndix.:upKd North Coll(SC'6nr36 hwrl 121.ADt>Urwnrt.tn hav,: won union ttp~nta llnn. bul
lhi, iJ probkmn lk in ib O'IO'nw;i.ybtt.al,u,: u{ the unlllft, C'Uh!Nwbat1,11ining
ni;ht,;, and lh,: Mld1tion;i.lla,'ff u{ insulllbnn it provid~ the
\\~\In
aJ111iniAl'(ltiOO
from bting held'-'C<l\u)l(lbklot wo,ki.flgoonditions Oil CIJ'l'lfl\lS.
\\le M1e rn(ll'I)'fighu a.head<1fw. h Joes1>'1
e1,d
with wb(.:i1)11'(1<'.t(lt'$
or ad.ti1ini~l'(ltOt
$..As t,,tUIJCt'lts
our IM.ngsp(ICCS
a.t'Ctbc .:ustodial, food kl"\'ior,.l.ln~ing.
a,)d ph~
plMI ~aifj
wori(pl(l.:e&.
So l<--C
ha,--c
to stop do.inglhingslike k1oingow $pc'k'$1\Jsft'IMhingour Foit)'5, USI..ACru•• ((llnl'"it;nsto ~isc aw•rtJ\C'8<1f
lhoC' $C'tVICC'
wnrt.tn. id! thnl th<y du for 11.l.and tht bulh lul thq cndun- all th<tdlik. Conlt tu a USL4.Cn)tt(ing. !,<'Itu know tht pmon
lhal dn1a your dnrm, that $C'tVl.'S
)'Ul.l
r fond. thnl lue )\llU' r.idiatur. J.,:t's actuall1·put ~ dfott into our cummunity ln$ltad of th.rowing
u,:,u,)d pr~ive
b1tn-wotds like $Afe$~\l(e •nd $0Ci•Ijustkc to dc$ctibc Wesleyal\.Let'snW.Cu.fe $p(l<'.es,
lefs (l,t wilh wcjal jwlioc(I'
fJ'l. i1"p,:r.)tive. 1¢1',
be delibera1e•bout uc-.-iting
aU<1fout(Ofl1lllU
1LilYtiwtiibcr,with dignicy,(ll Il l l.lllil

Comm11tee for Investor

Responsibili ty

DIS- NVEST
INVESTMENT

A i;roup «>mpri$C'd(If $IUdmU, fA«llty,
and board miembtt$ 1h111 work, to
111alnl;lln in~,tllf' f6POUA""billty
with
W,edtpn 'J c-nd!iwm,enl• ofk.n in thot
form of proxy l\llln;g:. All 6dudarr
l"\!$pon1ibll
tly ot thC',eOOowmmtt61i

with thC'BO<lt'd
o!T tusttt,.

= STATUS QUO

W¢4Jc)'i,.D
ha$11,.
n endowment 0( 688 6 MILLI ON DOL LARS aft,:,ryc~r$of he.wy fondr.1isingunder the MlhisL$Wh)"' (;11mp.iig
n.
Amongptlva1e colleges.an endo\.'t
•ment Is a marker of natus: applicants and donots are attracted to latget lldowments because they
$\l!!,gC$.I
An11n,i11l
.stability. Our$ is rclativcl)' .sm;aU in compari.sonto peer imlitulions su<:b as Amherst, WiUillJTl.$,,
and Brown, 8('(.au.se
the endowmen1ls m:ideup nt-alnlyof donalJons,a sl1e11b
le endowme,u ts assumed to be :areOe<tlonof satisfied alumni 11
.1,d pare,us.
Pie«s of the endowment 11rc:
invested in s10,ks nnd bonds with u goal of st.able, long-lc:rmgrowth, lh(1¢ funds .ire nol involved in
the nu.in budget. but a.crnu,u fot linand a.l a.Jd, .supplemental prog,a.m$,and llew fa.cl1ltles. Conseque,uty, Wesleyan's fund I$ Jarge-1y
Invested In tr11dl
llon11
l ma.rkeu such a$ FOSSI L FUE LS and WE APO NS MANUFACTURING . The most pol!Ucalty complex
.ind socfall)' unc:thi<:nJm.ark.ctshappc:n to be:some:o( the:mml 6n.in<:i.lllyprec.li<:1.a
blc, making it ,·c:r}'di ffi<:
uh to move:low.irds so.:.iallr
respoMible Investing..

DIVESTMENT=

STRATEGY+ SOCIAL VISION

DIVESTMENT IS THE OPPOSITE OF INVESTMENT; removing firnd$ from compan ies or lndustt ies Implicated In lm 1noral
.systems. As lnve-,mne n1.supporu an lndusttl'• divestment h:i$the powe-r10 CHALLENGE I NDUSTRIES THAT PERPETUATE
VIOLENCE, ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION ANO INEQUITY, Bl' strntcgic-<lll)'
roO\'ing funds from uncthko1l,omp11nic:s
tO'll'ardssustainable, respon.siblematkets, Wesleyan can be-p11.r1
of global move-men!for $0CIII.
I transfotmallon. Olvestme-nt C'\t
mpalg.i,$
.ire gcncr.&ll)'nol .abou1fin3.nciallr af'fc:.:.t
ing 1hese m.ark.cts,u mu<:hns ,h<lnging public pc:rc:c::p
lion o( th e c:thko1lity of thc:ir b-v.s
iness
practices.

DIVESTMENT

= SUCCESS + REVOLUTION

Dlws tment Is not a.ne"' strategy.The mos! famous dlws tme,u movement 11.roseIn oppositio n to SOUTH AFRICAN APARTHEID .
Ac:tionb-c:g11n
in the 60~ und (1c;il11tec.l
until 26 m, tc:s, 22 <:ountic:sand oV<:
r 90 U,S, c:itks \'f C:fC:involl'c:d.Until the end of Ap11r
theid,
lnstltut loM and gove-rnme-nts used their fin:i.nda l power to dem:i.nd .sod-al cha,,ge by dJvesting from compa,des tMt suppor ted
~t(:m i<:inc:qunlit)'.and hum<ln rights 11bu$C.S
, Wesley.anstudc:nl.$were \'OC'<ll
supporters o( thjs su,cc:ssfolmoV<:ment,Vnfortu n.ately
the adnll nlstratlon did ,,01 change lnvestme,u pta.ctlce-sIn the C'\tseof Apartheid. (n 2007. .scudents again demanded dlve-.stmenl,thi$
time (rom defonsc:<:omp;a
oi(1 thal support ed ,onflict in lruq,

divestme nt from Israeli occupation

divestment

In May 20H. the Wesleyan Scudent Asse,nbly vuted 10
dlwsl lls e1ld<W,
'mt 1\l ($300,000}frum wmpanles pruhtlng
fro,n the illegal IStaeti occu pa1ion. ' fhe WSAwill demalld
that Wesl<"}'lltl
dwest the un lwrslt)"se,.dowmetil(overS680
mlllloll}frorn such comj'Xl
nles. and lf the adml.nlstrallon
should fa.II10 do so. !he WSA ...,Illremovt all holdJng$
tbe)' have ln Wes.le)'a1ls
endo-wme,,t. 'fhe-WSA voted by
s«rel ballol Olkely fearing a<:cusatloruof a1\tl•Semlt1s1n
as lndMduals-a chMge used !he pre,•lou.s,_,w,kby 1ho.sesuppotthtg Israeli O«upatlon In an 111tempt
to defar theVute)by a deu ,naJotlt)' ln fav<>r
of divestme,,t.
A few mol'lths eatller, In Dtttmber of 2013, ,\llchael
Roth publtshed an op•ed denou.nd.ng the A,ne1k11n
Studies Assod11do
1\ dedsloll to endorse the Academic
Boycoct 04 Israel. S1ude1\l$ fro1n various rome-,s of
campus were outraged by Roth) blind dt fe,ue of lsrJ.el,
by hls ability to IS,n<He
the reallt)' of lsrJ.elloccupa1Jo1,,
lllld !he W'J.}'be buught l.nto l.srael) policies of ·pe11ce1wgoll:i.1Jo
1,S: Deternllned ,,ot 10let Roth's ...,o,d$speak for
them, some students buJII a mock separa!Jol'I...,all <luting
Israeli Apanheid Week In F'ebtua,y. 'fhe petition ("•Ith 600
student slg1t11tu
res} also C'\tlle
d fot Wesl<"}•
lln 10 Join theft.oycou, 01vest,and Sanctloll nlO\'eme1\L

Wes, Oh-est!sta,ted as a rJ.g·taggroupof concerned s1ude1'1$ fate F'ebfuat)'
2013 as divestment move,nenu nationwidebeganto pk k up steanl. lnltlal
goals Included a "dlu n frttze on new l.nwst ,nenu and dlws11
nent wllhln
hveyears from... fund$tha.1h)(ludefossil•fuel publlcequltiesllildcorporate
bo1tds." Since-then, the group has been escalating strategkall)' ...,Ith M'et
800 pe1ltlonslgn11m
re$ and a student assemblywolutloo that passed with
20 members In fa,,o,, 6opposed, and 5 abstalnlng..'Theresolutloll de,nands
that Wesle)'al\ Adml.nlstrallon:
1.
STOPa--.,newnvesunents in fossilfuel companies
2.
MAKEa careful pl.an for los.sl fueldivestmentd the Wesleyan
endowment
3.
NOTIFYthes!Udenll:odyctprogess made towardsfulldl\-estment
and provideinform.1uon
on the hctdngs of l~ endowment pool
4.
ADDdivestmentfromfossilluels., to Wes.!eyan's cl.mateactionplan
{ ,t''ll:U

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from f o ssil f ue l s

4,'l.')~'):i11~·ctr

:.tl(.

Oi,'050!:,,,~-,;,t,~w:.!

. :; n,.-' Cf, :;t\;l,1olc IX' ,woo pu'I'~ '"

('!\' COT'1"V

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last yea,, 100 studetits g.a.theredto speak 001 In suppor1 of dlwst,nenl
during IIuusttts weekend. Thegroup also hosted a pallet on lne<1_ual11y
and
the Cllm:i.1e
Crl.sl:s
to deoon.suuc1dl\'eslnle-nlmy1hsa,.d glw a well•rounded
persptt tl\'e on lhe eoonomk, sod a). pollUcal a,.d ethical lmplkatlons.
'fhls )'ear, the group will co1nlnue to pressure lhe admlnl.stratloo fot
tra1uparency a1\d stratestc move,nent towards total dl\'est,nenl fron, the
fossll fuel htdus1ry.

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J UST CE

N PALESTINE

Forstude,,ts tod;))',the question of P;)lestlne Isone oft he definh\g poll1lc.
1I Issues you wWe1,cou1ner. Nowhert
dsc in th e world is th e US so d osdy invoh cd in sustaining a
1

S)'Stc m

of injustice affecting so man y pcopk

o"er so many generations. The university c.·unpus Is .\ special place for discussion, education, :uld action
on th e issue. In Washington and in thc mainstream media, coverage of lsrad/Palcstinc is compromised by

ignora,,ce, spe<.:fal
li,terests,and 3StonJshli,g fackof concern for que$tlonsof justice.\nd freedon1.M:uly MWes

.

arc attempt in g to offer ahc rn ati\1c rc,soun:c s of info rma lio n and access to t he Palesti nian nar roti\ 'C'of struggle.

,

A group catleo ADAPT hOSWCI
e...ems a<>out
Patestine/lscaet The group was co-opted
Ir.to & Oialogue oroup t&U'\er tMn one
engaged in actions.. The group disbanded

,,menkS memoersgraClu&eCI

tim elin e of WeSJP act ion
·E-=lng

Palestn e"· pal'<!t

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Wesleya
n StuClents
for J\lslice in PateSline
was founae<I
in septemoer
201l WeSJP is a group of students and facl.Aty dedicated to acting h
sotielaflty
wil.f'Itne Patestinlanstruggle f0<a ~ t peace.WeSJPaimsto
voice the Palestinian narrauve and provide students with an alternative

,esourceol inlormalionto themalnsveammeelia
.

HarvardgradstudentDaryll
Li-ivesa lecturecomparing
lsraeti governmentp0Vc1,1feb
withSouthAfricanapartheid 2013

regime.

aJ)ril Of students and ab.JMIdiscuss
2012 tMrgandresls<lng
In<heooct4li<ld
\'Jest Bank

aJ)ril
2012

may

2012

Columbia Univel'S
ly Clabkeh
br~
perfoons traditional
Palestinianresistance
dance
"Jwney Through PateS11ne:
A Brief H'istQl'\Ict a People in
Con~ct vAth Khaled Faim,,••
AUC proles5"' KhaledFahmu
gives an lecture h'a«W'IQ!he
question of Palestine/Israelas

oneota Zionistcololialpro,ect

sept

2012

cal'll)a9"l to ilf orm faculty
and stall about TIAA·CREF's
(Wesleyan pension fu"lcl)
irresponsible im•estment in
compariesproliing from IS1aeli
Occupation

"Some 01 my Best Friendsam
Zionists
"· fl m scroon
log and
discussionwith dlrecro,Bruce

Patesti
ooe ~Slice FIim
FestivatstudeotsO{g&nized
aP.ril
scmeolog-s 01 Salt ot this 2013
Sea,Roadmap,o Apartheid
,
Md 5 BrokenCameras
Mock ched<poiri:students
show the severerestriction
of movemertin <heWest
Bari<
Soldef an::I Refvsenik
:
lecture and discussion
with Anarclists A{iainst
the Wall membersMaya
Win::I and Etan Efrati

may_
20T3

nov

2013

Moel< Israeli Apartheid
Wllll··stud~s

ect'IStfUct

a mock lsr&eUapartheid
Wllll lO showthe realities Of

lsr&etloccupatooMd land
annexa~on.
Itappears
Inside
and outside Usdan and
Exetey

nov

2013

april
2014

Robbins

nov

2012

·Tananl Salah"· • night Of slam

Patestlnlanldent«y
and resistance
poe(,Y abol.(

Petition in support or
the ASA ooucoll of
lsraeti
instirulions-600
students sign the petition

feb ~Degrees of incarceration"'-fitrn Palestine
saeering and discussionwith

2013

cfrecto,AmahlBishara

nov

2013

may

20 14
Resistance
Passover
Secl
e<

aP.ril
20 14

Palestine Resistance
Divestment
from
~ies
proliing
from lsraetiocoopalion
·
-resolution n.35 passes
in the WSA May <flh
PassoverSeder

Boycou SabfahlJYYOU
s
campaq'I
begins
boycottstlek:ers
~
on hummuspackages
lo Vtleshop·zines on
!he Issue popup around
camp.,s

and discarding than it does to
reduce the harm we collectively
inflict on our environment.
Sustainability must include
planning for inclusive, long
term health and prosper ity and
be implemented on all levels:

DEEP GREEN

Collectively revolutionizing our wasteful systems with
equitable solutions for environmental and social justice

F ROM

the glossy
brochures sent out by the
Admissions Office, incoming
students may have taken
note of all the environmental
projects run by Wild Wes,
Long Lane Farm, the Compost
Committee, and the Wesleyan
Sustainability Office.
As much as we try to
reduce
consumption
and
waste through these programs,
Wesleyan is an institution,
functioning in our current
capitalist society. Its decisions
are swayed by financial
factors, which are dependent
on a national economy that is
largely held up by the fossil fuel
market. Therefore, Wesleyan is
enabled by a web of systems that
are inherently unsustainable .

We must acknowledge that
our privilege to study at
Wesleyan inextricably ties
us to global costs through
fossil fuel investment, our on
campus power plant and our
net resour ce consumption.
Students associated with Deep
Green Resistance are not just
promoting waste reduction
or energy conservat ion; this

is about advocating for
global
environmental
prosperity, equalitw &
political transformation.
Sustainability does not
just mean replacing what we
consume with green products
(keywords - product and
consume), for this approach
does more to lighten the
personal guilt of using, wasting

personal, communal,
social,
politi cal
&
glObal. As sustainable
solutions take all populations
into consideration, it follows
that unsusta inable practices
around resource consumption
reinforce the inequality of the
current political and social
systems. Addressing one level
and ignoring another is not
sustainable . Finding solutions
that
exclude
parti cular
populations is not sustainable .
Following are three
intentions you can set to
contribute to the movements
of climate justice and social
justice. I want to preface
this section by saying that
implementation
of
each
point will look different for

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1

REPLACE YOUR
COMFORTABLE
MINDSET
TH I ~
(STATUSQUO)
WITH
INTENTIONALITY
(REVOLUTION)

Many amazing people are
working for positive change
on campus. Your peers can
be excellent resources for the
development of your personal
beliefs, so start a conversation
on Foss with someone new
about an issue you care about,
and seewhere it takes you! Try
using recreational reading time
to catch-up on world issues or
read a radical work. All of these
are empowering ways to enjoy
the amazing social landscape
at Wes and build momentum
for social transformation.

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everyone. In our world, the
most conscious choices are
rarely the most accessible.
Living sustainably is not about
comparing your contribut ion
to that of an other 's. Each
person can and should act
consciously
within
their
means . In that vein, we have
to remember that the climate
crisis and social inequality
in this country are not faults
of the individual, especially
not of those individuals who
suffer the most. We are

facing systemic problems
that must be fought with
systemic solutions. Thus,
it is essential to align yourself
with the larger movement.
We must take collective
action. No one can fight
this battle alone, nor can an
individual be expected to
combat every aspect of this
gigantic issue. Each person has
an essential role to play within
systemic change.

* * *

ALIGN ACTION,
SPEECH THOUGHT

It is imperative that we practice
empathy and see the world through a
lens of equity. This internal foundation
can empower us to embodying
ethics that respect all members of the
human race. Be conscious about your
language to keep conversations as
inclusive as possible. Teach by doing;
work to embody the ethics you live by
insteadof pointing out faults in another's
approach.Activism can quickly tum into
a self-righteous public display, but with
unity and equity as internal goals, we
can avoid the individualism and egoism
that often separates us.

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SEE YOURSELF AS PART
OF THE COLLECTIVE

The top tier of the pyramid, and the ultimate
goal is to heal the global community. The
individual is at the base because we each
have the power to support the many layers
of community that we occupy. As we work
to heal our concentric communities, we can
achievea global culture that flowsdownward
to encourage sustainability and justice at
eachlevel of community.

The World

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
VVesleyan University has a PARALLEL JU S TICE S YSTE M for students. Most cases are no t referred to the
Middletown Police Department (.MPD), but are hand led by the University, which assigns a cer tain number
ofju dicial pointsforeachviolat ion. 5 POIN T S GE T S YOU PROBAT ION, 10 PO INTS GETS YOU
EX P E L LE 0. This is a form of priv ilege that isolate.s students from living on even ter rain (literally, we are
on top of a hill) with th e rest of Middl etown. Activities which would get you arrested outside of campus are
often tolera ted, and some legal activities (chalking) are banned entirely on campus. Felonies, like dealing any
amount of drugs, will get you referred to the police.

At Wesleyan. different authorities have specific objectives, }
capabilit ies & relationships to you
{

RESLIFE RESIDENCE ADVISORS. HOUSE VIANAGERS.

AREA COORDINATORS. ETC
RAs are manda tory reporters for any violat ions. GC't friC'ndl)"with yours,
a nd avoid causing nuisa ncc5 in )'OUr hall th at th <'ywill be hd d responsib le
for. Many wish to live in bliss ful ig.norance of )"OUr festivities. but others
a rc more confronta tional. HM.sa regc ncrall y lcS5watched by the ACs than
RAs and will so metimes party with you. Still, avoid instigat ing. un wanted
shenanigans in their ho use.

P· SAFE PUBLIC SAFETY
These are WWe}':memployeesostensibly here to ensure ,·our safety.Some
officersc.1n ~ aggressive,1here hive been profiUng& assauh sc.1nd.-iJ
s lo
the p:.\Stcouple re.1rs. but m;'ID
)' genulneJycare :Jboutstudents. Curre1nJy
there is an h1terlm ht-'d of PubUcSafetya.ndoo pennan ent offictr In ch;'lrge,
wbJch h .'IS transferred PSafe to admlnlstrMi.v
e/civllliaJlcontrol. They :Jre
actiw ly seekingto hire i pennane,1t n1i.Lita.r
y/p0Hceofficerto run it.

MP D MIDDLETOWN POLICE DEPT
Known for hlghJ)•publJcl:zed
r-,,dalproliling lnclderusln the pa.st.Youwill Mt
usu:dly interact with them until you leave the bound,ries orcampus:bowe,•e-r,
they do lncreaslt1gl)
• p.ttrol on Church a11d Washi.ngtoll,
and evenup through
FossHiUOri\·e. When the next mugging spreebits,exptct them & .'l,•oid them.

When you are in your dorm. you have EXTENSIVE RIGHT S T O PRIVACY
guaranteed by the 4th Amendment. Plazzola v. Watkins (fifth us circuit) and
Wesleyan University 's Joint Statement on the Rights and Freedoms of Students .

HERE'S THE DEAL:
when a dlsclpUnary figure
knocks on your door
YOU MUS T ANSWER

but

DON'T LET THEM IN.

if questio ned.
Just say

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Step outs ide and
Immedia tely
close the door beh ind you . Don't be
agg reslve or intimi dated.

f DON'TWANT OTHERPEOPLEtN MY PRIVATESPACERIGHTNOW "

Reference the docu men ts above if necess ary . If they force their way into your room. state :

" I DO NOT CONSENT TO THIS UNLAWFUL ENTRY ANO I WILL "
REPORTYOURACTrONS TO THE DEANS ANO THE POLICE.

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II the Dean of alt St udents wrote them a WARRANT , t hey can search your do rm room .

ASK TO SEE IT FIRST.

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IF THEY ' RE IN YOUR RO OM

They CANNO T OPEN ANY DRAWERS , unless you open them for them. They can, however,
cit e you for NONCOMPL IANCE if they feel like it, whi ch is usually the same punishment minus
getting something con fisca ted. They can also move around objects in your room, such as things
under blankets or ajar drawers . T HEY CAN WA LK IN IF TH E DOOR IS AJAR. or if they are
heJping you open it .

IF YOU'RE OUTS IDE

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PSafe and the RAs will sometimes RECORD YOU WI T H A VIDEO CAMERA . No t e,•eryone
who gets caught on camera gets charged, even in po lit ical cases. 1)•pically they pick out a few
"troublemakers " (ca n you say institutionalized bigo t ry?) later while sitting in the North College
dungeons , if any th ing. Usua lly, if you're not written up in person, you won't be at all . The notification
comes by ema il. In add ition , because of legal sett lements PSafe now has a " NO- CHA SE POLICY ",
which means they ca n•t run after yo u if you're do ing something aga in st regulat ions and then run
for it. Reslife peop le are much more likely to know you by s igh t. tho ugh : they might file a report
later , and T HE PENALTY FOR RUNN ING IS ST EEP. Plus, they know where you live.

PSafe and Re.slife work together someti mes, such as in sh utti ng down the balco ny WINE & CHEESE
events at WestCo last year. PSafe surrounded the build ing°sexterior balco nies, while the RAs attempted to come
in through the hallway. They started doing this because people were jumping, semi-dr unk, out of the balco nies
to get awa)' when the RAs came knocking at IO pm sharp (Thursda y quiet hours). Another event th at has been
quasi-s hut down is TOUR OE FRANZIA, a decentraHz.ed festival which used to produce a night of general
mayhem around the perimeter of camp us where people would scavenger-hunt and drink a ton, search youtube.
Many would also wear macskswhich made judicial enforce ment almost impossib le. Now the Adminis tration has
da mped down, enforci ng a MANDATORYMINIMUM 6 POINTS for being ou tside during a spon taneo us Tour
cur few, and has sent the Deans to walk around wheo they inevitab ly happen anywar Last fall a student tackled
the Dean of All Studen ts, grabbed his ID back and fled, unidentified to our benevolent ac.ademic oligarchs.

ACTIVIST
UNIVERSITY
ORGANIZING
CENTER
(UOC)

RESOUR CES

'fhe UOC Is II k,cated on 190High Stlffl. IT SERVESAS A RESOURCEANO SUPPORT TO STUDENTS
WHO SEEK TO UNDERSTAND THE INTERSECTIONS OF OPPRESSIONS IN OUR BROADER
SOCIETY AS WELL AS SEEK TO QUESTION, INTERROGATE, ANO WORK TOWARDS FINDING

SOLUTIONS TO END VARIOUSFORMS OF OPPRESS ION. II Is a spa,cefor scuden1sto nwec, organltt,
m11keb:-.nners.have meals, a.ndplan the 1W:Xt
lnfa.n,ousWesleyanpr-J.nk!'TheUOC notably has ,:omptners wllb
a,:,:...ss
to free ptlntinga,\d lnternet. It has mttllng room.3...,Ith .:ouches. a proj«1ot acco,npanledwith Its screo?n,
and a kltdw-1tet1e-.,•ith a refrfsera1orand mk rowa,'t.
'fhe UOC ,.,"U establishedln 200·hwlw-"studt ,ns dur,1>nstr.uedl.nfavor of n«esSar)' i.paces.'Ille scudents
Sielup tenu outside the Ollll library unlll their dem1u,ds "-'trt met. a.nd many "'tre violelltl)'harassed ln !he-Jr
s.1rnsgle.'fhe old WSAbulktl.ngwas thus turned h\to the UOC. ' fhls same protest also led to the foundatlooof
Tura1hHowe, Korea1\ House. 111
,d 2{)() Chut<'h.
Jn 201», nwmbetsoithe WSAlnttt-fettdwith the s.1otageof mattrials at 1he UOC a1\d autho-tlud tti\ovatloo
.,..o,k-.,•ithou1the oot1sentot k1\owtedse <>fLll()Sewho were 11.:tuall
y using the s;p:Kt. l.n 2014i.a 1\e.,..UOC
,:onunlttH was fomwd by repmentatlws frotn different student s,o~ al the UOC. 'lhe coo,mhtee sen·e.sas
an Jnttrmedlarybet-.,-«11the 11dmlnls.1111tioo
:md students.coordl.n:ites
conlmunkatlon ~wee n s.1uden.1
groups.,
and promotesac1Ms1n 01\campus. Wewillha\<t to continuedeftndh,g the UOC asa s.1udt11H\Ul
anli,oppressloo
s.y;,.c:e
ln the upco,nlng yelltS.

INFOSHOP/
ANTIis ~ic.Ji tcd 10 ptCS<'r\'ingthe libm1• and its mUsion to 6ghl ,•arious forms of OPPfc»ioo. Book OPPRESSION
don:1tlons are alwars """kome. Also. check out the paper sculptures ,nade out of ll~la ltst
propag1md11
! LIBRARY
The Anti ,Oppfcssion Llbrw}' is lo,otcl'I OD the 6ut Boor of 1he Uni~$.ity Org11n.it
ing ~ntcr.

IT IS A SPACE TO PRESERVE LITERATURES ANO STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
THAT WOULD ALLOW PEOPLE ON AND OFF CAMPUS TO LEARN ABOUT STRUGGLES
FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE ANO PURSUE THEIR OWN LIBERATION. 'fhe Info.shop ,:oUectlve

QUEER
RESOURCE
CENTER
{□ RC)

TheQRCis II student oryn i.z.ing,p11«
~wbi,h is l~ted on the se,ond lloor of 190H.ighSu« I, the Uniwn;itr
O,i;anlllng Cente,. IT IS HOME TO MANY RESOURCESTHAT HAVE BEEN COMPILED BY
WESLEYAN'$ QUEERCOMMUNITY
. Sonw<>fthettsootce mate:tb lsdate back 10 1het11rtyLate70s/80s.
'fhe QRC "'"" establisheda, a Queer OrganizingS.J»,Ct.which wasdeemedn«t:.\sar)' due to the dlSOO.
,kilng of
the We:.d~•an Qutt , Allla.n« In 2002. It has II Qutt:r library with books 1ha1<.m'tr a wide r.wgeof topics lndudJng
l.Glff Llttr.uure. Coml.ngOut Stotlesand Guldd,,ooks.,Queer Health:md Se.x,and QueerErotka . 'fhese books are
ov.Ji.ibbk
for siud<'nl.stom.d on -'lie.

THE WESDEF IS A STUDENT GROUPOF TRAINED FACILITATORS
OEOICATEOTO
CREATINGSPACESFOR DIALOGUEAND ACTIONIN RESPONSETO ISSUESOF SOCIAL
JUSTICEWITHIN OURCAMPUSCOMMUNITIES
. lhe group runs .i $1udem forume,~ry $('.m(Stcr,
throughwhi<:h they m.::ruil new m<mb<'fs11nd1r.1instudents to b«ome better focilitiltors o( worbhops
and di.scllssfon
$. They will be h~ ting eduanioDal ""'sions ind worbbo1» 11bo~1t
dilfer<'nlso,i..11j1»1i,e
and dh·mil)' L$SU<$, AU siu<knts uc in,•it<Xlto apply for the student fonim in D«-<'-mbc-rand b«oroe
a mc-robero( I.he WcsDEF,1he m¢mbtt$ l.lf<' gl"('Jilr<!$0
Ur«$ for olher siud<nl gro~1psto c;olUborote
ODprogr~m.sr<'Je,·,mt to soc;i;,Jjwtk:c,

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WESLEYAN
DIVERSITY
EDUCATION
FACILITATORS
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2<l0Chu"h IsaPROGRAMHOUSEFORFIRSTAND SECONDYEARSTUDENTSSPECIFICALLY
OEOICATEOTO SOCIAL JUSTICEANO ANTI-OPPRESSION
CAUSES.L" t y<0r,2<l
0 Chura,pr<>'
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space foea ,·arletyoi ac1Mst•lh\•Ored e'\'t l\U , such asthe USLACstude1\t•w«ke1 .:o,wersatk>ns
.

r.rm Hou" i, lo<,t,d" 341w..t,;ng lon St. IT ISA CENTEROF FOOOPOLITICS,ANOA CONGREGATIONFARM
POINTFORFOODACTIVISTSON CAMPUS
. Fa.rm
Hoost hascoo,\tctl<>n.s
to the MiddletownFarnw1sMa.tket,Food
Not Bomb$,md Long Ll.lneF.Jirn1
, Any group that is relit«! 10 food(production, w11
s1e, 11nd/ordistribu1ion) or anyone who HO LJSE
wantsto hos.Irelevantevents atte 1wouraged to rontact Farin Howe.

OTHER
PROGRAM
HOUSING

Malcolm X House l'.MSHigh S1j al\d ta Casa de Alblzu Campos (240 WashlngtonStJboth ha,-e hlmrles Lhitt
cOl\tal.npolitical wrltinS$ and llttr.1.t
ures ~t talnlng to their causes. MANY PROGRAMHOUSESPROVIDE.

A SPACEFOR DISCUSSION ABOUT CULTUREAND CURRENTEVENTS IN THE GEOGRAPHIC
REGIONSTHATTHEYRE.PRESENT
; these hk':lude Fttnch Hall(Nk 7J, Russ!an House (163High St.J, German
Haus IJ35 High St.J, Japanese Hall (Nk SJ, h\tern.a.lJona
l House (ISi Church StJ,Asian/AsianAmerican H<>useI107
HighStJ, Chl.ne..\e
Hoose (34 laW'tlAveJ, and Turath House 122LawnA\'t':repmen tinsstude 1\U who Identifyas Atab
or Middle Eas.1e-m
, as wellas Mushnlstudents of all ethnicitiesand nationalities). Youwould be m<>rethan wekomed to
co1\tact these progr.1.
nl houm and orga11l1eew11u with them beause the,· all 0000to fill their 6 progra,ns per stme.ster
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