Articles by Kristy Hammond

UO Puerto Rico Project: Hurricane Maria and Its Aftermath

The Ethnic Studies archival team has released the Puerto Rico Project‘s digital archive. https://blogs.uoregon.edu/theuopuertoricoproject/ They recommend regularly checking in for new interviews, bibliographies, stories, photographic journeys, and more educational materials pertinent to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies hosts the Justice Across Borders Symposium on March 8, 2018. You can find additional information at http://cllas.uoregon.edu/2018-symposium.


Intertwined: Stories of Home

Are you interested in the art of storytelling? Would you like to get more connected to your stories and the stories of those around you? We have just the thing: on Saturday, March 3, the team from last year’s “Intertwined: Stories of Home” event will be hosting a free, fun, low-stress storytelling workshop from 10:00am-1:00pm in Straub 245. We would love for you to join us! This workshop is an opportunity to Explore the structure, presentation, and art of stories Practice crafting and presenting your own narrative in a supportive environment Connect with a group of faculty, staff, and students committed to supporting…


Metrics and faculty governance

Last year, the members of the Board of Trustees expressed concern that we, as a campus, would not be able to measure the progress toward our goal of achieving excellence in all facets of faculty work unless we had a defined set of metrics to measure faculty performance. At the behest of the Trustees, the Provost’s Office drafted a plan to measure faculty research productivity. Over the course of the last several years, UA leadership has repeatedly pointed out well-cited problems associated with certain external metrics, particularly Academic Analytics, in evaluating individual faculty or entire departments (for further reading on…


Amicus brief supports sanctuary jurisdictions

The AAUP joined this week with other groups, including members of the California Community College System, in filing an amicus brief in support of a permanent injunction against a Trump administration executive order that sought to strip federal funding from “sanctuary jurisdictions.” The lawsuit resulting in the injunction was filed by the city of San Francisco. The AAUP’s interest in the case stems from the potential application of the executive order to colleges and universities. Such an extension would negatively impact colleges’ and universities’ ability to carry out their public mission and their interests in developing a diverse student body. Allowing the…


AAUP Chapter Responded to Postelection Violence

In the newest issue of Academe, two professors share how their AAUP chapter responded to violence on campus. “What can AAUP chapters do? We can watch for, notice, track, and respond to incidents of harassment or violence as they occur on our campuses. While individual students and their associations have some power to get the attention of administrators and outside authorities, their voices are amplified if we join them.” Read more here.


Operation Agua will provide safe water to Puerto Ricans

In response to the conditions in Puerto Rico—especially the water crisis—the AFT launched Operation Agua, a collaboration with Operation Blessing, AFSCME, the Hispanic Federation and the Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico. Operation Agua’s initial goal is to purchase and distribute 100,000 individual water filtration systems for households and classrooms, and 50 large-capacity clean-water devices to a network of nonprofit organizations, union offices, schools, and other community-based groups to provide stable and reliable sources of safe water. A single $30 contribution provides an in-home purifier that requires no electricity and provides more than 10 gallons of safe water per day to a family. And $5,000 delivers a disinfectant generator that…


UA Members Raise over $4,000 for Puerto Rico!

At our membership meeting on October 23, UA members and family celebrated the ratification of our recent contract extension and engaged a host of other timely issues. At the recommendation of faculty with family in Puerto Rico, Professors Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel (Romance Languages), Alaí Reyes-Santos (Ethnic Studies), and Rocío Zambrana (Philosophy), we devoted space in our meeting (over dinner and drinks) to a silent auction and donations. Two prints from Puerto Rico’s beloved artist, Antonio Martorell, were auctioned alongside other donated items. Students from Professor Reyes-Santos’ class explained why they are raising money for a service project in Puerto Rico –…


LGBTQ Faculty Happy Hour

LGBTQ Faculty Happy Hour Thursday, October 26 6-8pm Barnlight Café, Downtown Eugene (Willamette and Broadway) No agenda, just a get together with drinks and food for UO Faculty who identify as LGBTQ or allies. Build community and meet your colleagues across campus!


Distinguished Professor Lisa Lowe presents “Archives, Materiality, History”

6th Annual Peggy Pascoe Memorial Lecture The Department of Ethnic Studies welcomes Lisa Lowe “Archives, Materiality, History” Thursday, November 2, 2017 3:00-4:30pm EMU 245 Gumwood Room Presentation- Drawing connections between the past and the present, this presentation will discuss interdisciplinary methods for constituting and interpreting archival documents and material culture in the recovery of transhemispheric links between European liberalism, settler colonialism in the Americas, the transatlantic African slave trade, and trades in Asia during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Lisa Lowe is Professor of English and Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora at Tufts University, where she also directs the…


Tentative Agreement for Contract Extension

[Update: This summer, we sent an email to members of United Academics regarding our intent to enter into negotiations with UO administration. Below is an overview of were we are currently in that process.] Late last week, we were able to reach a tentative agreement with the administration for a two-year extension to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. We will be holding a ratification vote later this month. The agreement will only be finalized upon approval of a majority of voting members. This email contains a short summary of the agreement, followed by a longer explanation and a link to the…