|Image from the Campus Equity Week website|
The CEW website has an extensive (and ever-growing) listing of events, suggested activities, and resources. Many of the suggested activities are very simple, awareness-oriented ones, such as changing facebook or twitter avatars to the CEW logo (which is why I'm pretty sure it's okay to share it here; there's also an "I am Margaret Mary" version in memory of Margaret Mary Vojtko ), and wearing red/scarlet on Wed. Oct. 28 (tying in with the idea, also represented in the logo, of A for Adjunct as the new scarlet letter).
Of course, it will take much more than awareness to change the present situation, but at least it's a start. So, I'm wondering:
Are you planning to do anything for Campus Equity Week specifically, and/or are you working in the long term for greater equity on your campus? Do you wish you could, but you're just too exhausted being a contingent faculty member (or a tenure-track faculty member holding down an ever-increasing service load, because contingents don't usually do service, at least not in proportion to the amount of work their/our hiring, evaluation, etc. create)? Does it all seem silly to you, or futile? Maybe those of us not on the tenure track should just quit? What would happen then? And how in the world do we argue for higher, more equitable salaries for all faculty when students and parents are already feeling overwhelmed by college expenses?