AFAPC Steering Committee statement submitted for March 17 Board of Trustees Public Session with President Alexander

March 16, 2021

Dear Members of the OSU Board of Trustees:

The Association of Faculty and Staff for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC) strives to be a community of committed individuals who support and sustain each other professionally and personally, who affirm and hold close our shared identities, who embrace and bridge the unique identities within each of us, and who affirm the importance of building and maintaining a robust community to positively influence the entire Oregon State University community. 

As such, AFAPC affirms our commitment to stand behind survivors of sexual assault, Title IX violations, and interpersonal violence, across all identities and experiences. AFAPC also stands behind our colleagues, tirelessly supporting survivors through programs and services from OSU’s Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC), Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center, Student Health Services, and the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV). We support their work in supporting survivors. Although official OSU statements declaring that support services that deal with violations of Title IX or interpersonal violence are at adequate levels, the reality is that these services are grossly underfunded and understaffed. 

To prevent the outcome experienced at Louisiana State University (LSU), AFAPC strongly requests that the Board of Trustees and President F. King Alexander prioritize FULL funding and staffing of the above-mentioned OSU units at levels requested by those same units. 

AFAPC also requests that President F. King Alexander be held accountable by the Board of Trustees for his public statements (INFORM letter from President’s Office dated March 8, 2021) in regard to how he will address future issues at OSU:

  • To make leadership decisions that are not “inconsistent with [his] and [OSU’s] community values and should have been acted on further.”
  • To “take stronger action earlier against [future violators], including suspension leading to further investigation and dismissal for violations of university policy.”
  • To ensure “that OSU will continue to improve its sexual misconduct and Title IX response, prevention, education and services for those affected by misconduct.”

It is imperative that the Board of Trustees take action based on the cumulative input provided by many individuals and groups from the OSU community who demand that you address the widespread mistrust of both the president and the Board of Trustees that has developed amongst students, faculty and staff since the Husch Blackwell LSU Title IX Review became public. 

AFAPC members will be meeting with the president on Thursday, May 18. Another AFAPC statement may be issued after that meeting. 

Sincerely,

David Ryusaki and Janet Nishihara, Co-Chairs

On behalf of the AFAPC Steering Committee

What is the Association of Faculty and Staff for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC)?

We are an organization that works to recruit, retain, build community, and provide support (nourishment, enrichment, and inspiration) for faculty and staff of color, and indigenous, and mixed-heritage identities at Oregon State University. We believe in providing a climate of acceptance and promote the principles of diversity and inclusion.  

Mission, Vision, & Guiding Principles

Mission

The Association of Faculty and Staff for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC) strives to be a community of committed individuals who support and sustain each other professionally and personally, who affirm and hold close our shared identities, who embrace and bridge the unique identities within each of us, and who affirm the importance of building and maintaining a robust community to positively influence the entire Oregon State University community.

Vision

We envision a community that provides support, nourishment, engagement, and inspiration for faculty and staff of color, and indigenous, and mixed-heritage identities at Oregon State University.  We believe the strength of the AFAPC community, and the well-being of members, creates capacity for strategic, significant, and purposeful leadership within and on behalf of the entire OSU community.

Guiding Principles

AFAPC strives to provide a climate of acceptance and promotes the principles of diversity and inclusivity.  These principles strengthen our community and are essential to OSU’s academic and social missions and institutional excellence.

  • Community. AFAPC fosters a sense of community and mutual support through social gatherings, networking, mentoring, and coalition building.
  • Accessibility. AFAPC is an accessible presence on campus, with permeable boundaries that allow members to participate as their life situations make possible.
  • Engagement. AFAPC engages with the OSU community on issues of diversity and inclusiveness and welcomes opportunities to support the university community’s learning on these issues.
  • Respect. AFAPC values and respects the experiences of each individual member and each member of the OSU community and is committed to respectful engagement in the pursuit of our mission.
  • Awareness. AFAPC provides a safe and non-judgmental place to grow in our awareness of social dynamics and our own biases.

These guiding principles reflect our intentions and commitment to be a diverse, inclusive, and culturally competent organization.