Press release: Indiana University Graduate Workers and Faculty Call for Emergency Rally, Demand President Whitten’s Immediate Resignation

The following was sent to the Bloomingtonian:

Indiana Graduate Workers Coalition
[email protected]
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—On Monday, April 29, the Indiana Graduate Workers Coalition
(IGWC) and the IU Faculty Rapid Response Group are co-hosting a rally, during which they are
calling for the immediate resignations of President Pamela Whitten and Provost Rahul
Shrivastav. The rally will take place at 10 a.m. at Bryan Hall.
The demand for immediate resignations comes after numerous injustices and instances of
negligent decision-making from the administration of President Whitten, most notably:
● The utter disregard for shared governance and the faculty votes of no confidence.
● The violent suppression of free speech.
● The refusal to provide IGWC a pathway to union recognition.
Over the weekend, a member of the IGWC’s elected leadership, Bryce Greene, was arrested in
what can only be interpreted as a racist and targeted attack of one of the IGWC’s core organizers.
While they issued a one-year ban from campus to all peaceful protesters who were arrested,
President Whitten and her administration reacted disproportionately and banned Greene from
campus for five years.
Several IGWC members and organizers were also arrested or physically assaulted—one IGWC
member even knocked unconscious—by police who repeatedly reported that they were acting
under the direction of the administration of Indiana University.
The lack of competent and honest leadership over students, staff, and faculty have both shocked
and saddened the faculty in the Rapid Response Group and members of the IGWC. Speakers at
the rally will outline next steps for both groups.
ABOUT IGWC (—The IGWC was founded in 2019 to advocate for
graduate workers with the primary purpose of eliminating exorbitant fees and increasing pay.
IGWC actions, including a massive four-week strike in the Spring of 2022, successfully brought
an end to the fees and forced the IU administration to shift funds into graduate education,
significantly improving the lives of graduate employees in Bloomington. There are
approximately 2,400 SAA graduate employees on the Bloomington campus. Graduate workers
are employed as Associate Instructors, Research Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and Adjuncts.
Others are employed on an hourly basis. They teach hundreds of courses as primary instructors,
conduct research in labs, and perform as artists and musicians.
For further questions and correspondence, contact Indiana Graduate Workers Coalition
media correspondent, David Garner ([email protected]).
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