Community Support

We support the University of Minnesota’s mission to advance learning and share knowledge through education for a diverse community, and to apply this knowledge to benefit the people of our state, the nation, and the world.

However, the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities stands at a crossroads.

Public higher education in the U.S. has been launched into a troubling experiment of privatization over the last 25 years. Deprived of public support (monetary and otherwise), higher education is increasingly treated as a private good and funded by crushing student debt. Faculty are increasingly treated as interchangeable and casually employed, students are regarded as some combination of consumers and commodities, and research increasingly serves private industry.

At the U of M, class sizes are increasing, course offerings are decreasing, and contingent faculty positions are increasingly replacing tenure-line positions. State funding per-student has decreased 40% since 2001, while tuition has increased $6,000 since 2002. The U of M is increasingly out of financial reach for low-income Minnesotans, especially students of color.

We care about the future of the U of M and public higher education in Minnesota. We need to come together to defend the values of higher education and the land grant tradition – values that are eroding here and are under attack elsewhere around the country.

Faculty at the U of M are standing up for what’s right by forming a union.

We support their efforts to fight for an inclusive, accessible and affordable U of M – one that reflects the demographics of Minnesota and supports our shared values.

Tenure-line and contingent faculty are forming one union, together, to strengthen our U by halting the erosion of research funding, community connections, teaching resources, and tenure lines. Contingent faculty need job security, better pay, and access to basic support for research, scholarship, and professional development.

A faculty union will have the power to not only improve working conditions but also shape the University’s direction and priorities, and improve shared governance on critical aspects of its mission. A faculty union will also have the capability to strengthen our collective voice – as students, parents, elected officials, and other community members who care about the University – to advocate for the support we need to ensure that the U of M remains a premier public research university and a land grant institution that is accessible to all Minnesotans.

We support the faculty coming together to form a union at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus for the good of our university, our community, and the future of public higher education. We look forward to working with a U of M faculty union as an ally in our work in the Twin Cities and across the state to build a more equitable Minnesota for all of our diverse communities.

We call on University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and his administrators to respect the right of faculty to make this collective decision without interference and urge the administration not to use any further university resources to obstruct or delay this process.

In Solidarity,

*University of Minnesota Alumnus

  • Lamia Abukhadra
  • Roy Aker
  • Graeme Allen
  • Jose Aranda
  • Laddie Arnold
  • Jordan Ash
  • Andrew Aspaas
  • Jess Bachaus
  • Gerald Bade
  • Paula Bargiel
  • Jalikatu Barry
  • Darnell Barsness
  • Thomas Bauch
  • Margaret Beegle
  • Lyes Benarbane
  • gary bergeson
  • Mark Bergren
  • Barbara Bezat
  • Sayan Bhattacharya
  • Richard Bjorum
  • Julie Blaha
  • Tracey Blasenheim
  • Julie Boll
  • Paula Bramante
  • Brenna Brelie
  • Allison Brimeyer
  • Vicky Brockman
  • Randy Brooks
  • Kriti Budhiraja
  • Marko Budisic
  • Andrea Buettner
  • Anne Burkhardt
  • Terri Buttleman
  • John Capouch
  • Judy Carlson
  • Elizabeth Chacich
  • Hongwei Chen
  • Chris Chiappari
  • Lisa Chinn
  • Keith Christensen
  • Susan Christensen
  • Andy Clarkson
  • Jilian Clearman
  • Lee Cole
  • Jerome Comeau
  • Ann Commers
  • Jane Conrad
  • Alex Cook
  • Brandon Coombes
  • Julia Corwin
  • Spencer Cox
  • Siobhan Craig
  • Altha Cravey
  • david crittenden
  • William Dale
  • Jessica Dandona
  • Roberto de la Riva
  • Anthony DeAngelis
  • Satish Desai
  • Mike Dimpfl
  • Theresa Dingmann
  • Kari Discher
  • Onllwyn Dixon
  • PT Dixon
  • Bart Dobson
  • Susan Dobson
  • pete driessen
  • Lucy DuRoche
  • Darwin Dyce
  • Robyn Earhart
  • Sherief Elabbady
  • Thomas Eng
  • Elizabeth Engels
  • Stephen Engels
  • Terry Engels
  • Linda K Engle
  • Melissa Engman
  • Debra Evon
  • Nancy Fischer
  • Jeremy Fisher
  • Steve Fletcher
  • Cassandra Fogale
  • Cecilia Fogarty
  • Beverly Fok
  • William Forbes
  • Jean Forman
  • Christian Foust
  • Lucas Franco
  • Robert Frant
  • Sheigh Freeberg
  • Gus Froemke
  • Kim Gaffney
  • Namrata Gaikwad
  • Elena Gambino
  • Anna Gambucci
  • Nestor Garcia
  • Penelope Gebhard
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  • Rachel Giblin
  • Maria Gillespie
  • Peyton Ginakes
  • Sarah Gontarek
  • Kenneth Gonzales
  • Hunter Gordon
  • Jim Grabowska
  • Judy Grandbois
  • Peter Grebner
  • Jeff Gregg
  • Sasha Grossman
  • Karla Grotting
  • Merry Gullickson
  • Abyan Gurase
  • Thomas Hackbarth
  • Jan Haftek
  • Chloe Hagen
  • Wade Hannin
  • Shanna Hansen
  • Brionna Harder
  • Amelia Hassoun
  • Kip Hedges
  • Jeremy Hedlund
  • Bernie Hesse
  • Gaosong Heu
  • Matthew Hoffmann
  • Catherine Homan
  • Lex Horan
  • Emily Horton
  • Rebecca Houske
  • Jennifer Houston
  • Connie Howard
  • Melissa Huang
  • Thomas Hudspeth
  • Kai Hui
  • Brian Hundt
  • Jacob Hunt
  • Melissa Hysing
  • Nichole Intemann
  • hoda isak
  • Roy Jackson Sr
  • Dave Jameson
  • Sam Jasenosky
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  • Fen Jeffries
  • Sue Jensen
  • Daniel Johnson
  • Gaynelle Johnson
  • Amber Jones
  • Linda Jones
  • Melissa Juliette
  • Jessica kearns
  • Bridget Kelly
  • Nathan Kieso
  • Soyi Kim
  • Justin Kleemook
  • Naomi Ko
  • Erik Kojola
  • Jeffrey Kolnick
  • Jonneke Koomen
  • Audrey Kramer
  • Emily Krumberger
  • Douglas Langer
  • J Langseth
  • Kathleen Laqua
  • Eric Larson
  • Ross Larson
  • Todd Laumer
  • Jessica Lawless
  • Jabari Lawrence
  • Rebecca Lawrence
  • Tigana Le
  • Marie Lechelt
  • Emily Legel
  • Sara Jo Lehrer
  • Annette Leibovitz
  • Ron Leibovitz
  • David Lemke
  • Jeanne Lieberman
  • Elizabeth Lienesch
  • John Lipke
  • Charles Loelius
  • Kathleen Logley
  • Alexis Logsdon
  • Mark Long
  • Kathy Magne
  • Timothy Mahoney
  • Allan Malkis
  • Jo Manu
  • John Marshall
  • Brandy Martin
  • Nicole Masika
  • Debra Matchinsky
  • Laura Matson
  • Sue Mausolf
  • Katie McCarthy
  • Beth McGarry
  • John McGowan
  • Melissa McKay
  • John McKenzie
  • Diane McLaughlin
  • Patricia McNabb
  • Liv Meland
  • Wintana Melekin
  • karl meller
  • Maria Mendez
  • Veronica Mendez Moore
  • Sarah Mering
  • Frank Miskowiec
  • Jackson Mizusaki
  • Patricia Moneyhun
  • Michael Moore
  • Peter Morales
  • Nolan Morice
  • Tong Moua
  • Paul Mueller
  • Susana Murillo
  • Richard Nagle
  • david nass
  • Aubrey Nelson
  • EG Nelson
  • Cam Tu Nguyen
  • Oanh Nguyen
  • Elijah Nguyen
  • Carol Nieters
  • Bruce Nissen
  • Jason Nonnemacher
  • Joanna Nunez
  • William Nusbaum
  • Riahl O'Malley
  • Cody Oesterreich
  • Rosemary Olatunbosun
  • ANN ONEIL
  • Elizabeth ONeill
  • Michelle Orcutt
  • Juanita Ortiz
  • Robin Oswald
  • Courtney Overby
  • Alex Owen
  • Imogen Page
  • Candice Parker
  • Susan Parry
  • David Penney
  • Adi Penugonda
  • Mandy Perna
  • Kathleen Perry
  • Anna Peter
  • Dee Pha
  • Ton-Hy Pha
  • Thai Phan
  • Kristina Popiel
  • Aryon Posadas
  • Amanda Prince
  • Kent Quamme
  • B. Ramsdell
  • Harshit Rathi
  • Maria Rebolleda-Gomez
  • Jeremy Reichenberger
  • Amanda Reineck
  • Chelsea Ricards
  • Holly Ricards
  • Emily Ricards
  • Mary Cathryn Ricker
  • Idalia Robles De León
  • Brad Rosenthal
  • Lucy Saliger
  • Cat Salonek
  • Marge Sandberg
  • Julie Santella
  • Stephanie Sarich
  • Paul Satterstrom
  • Stephen Savignano
  • Matt Schirber
  • Stephanie Schwarz-Johnson
  • Lois Seaburg
  • Cindy Seah
  • Crisna Seng
  • Steven Senger
  • Keerthana Shankar
  • David Shea
  • Sandi Sherman
  • Marta Shore
  • Beau Sinchai
  • Patty Smith
  • Tanya Smutka
  • Patrick Snyder
  • Laurie Stammer
  • Darci Stanford
  • Cindy Stoll
  • Janet Stottlemyer
  • Sophia Strosberg
  • Travis Strozyk
  • Albert Surdo
  • Jayne Swift
  • Liandra Sy
  • Michael Sylvester
  • Alaina Szostkowski
  • Laura Thielke
  • Tammy Thomas
  • Jamie Tomlin
  • Megan Treziok
  • Aj Trzebiatowski
  • Mikkel Vad
  • Tao Vang
  • Natalia Vargas Marquez
  • Christina Vazquez
  • ordell vee
  • Maria Vendetti
  • Frank Viggiano
  • Jessica Ward-Denison
  • Janiece Watts
  • Vivian Wauters
  • Roland Westerlund
  • Jenessa White
  • Michael Wiggins
  • Jeff Wilcziek
  • Chauncey Williams
  • Matthew Williams
  • Judy Wilson
  • Jan Wirpel
  • Kristiana Wright
  • Robin Wright
  • Ashley Wright
  • Maikha Xiong
  • Va Xiong
  • Vina Xiong
  • Danny Yang
  • Sheng Yang
  • Jennifer Yorks
  • David Zaffrann
  • Kim Zernechel
  • Emily Zhou

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