Checklist for Advocacy for Threatened Programs and Departments
Email and call colleagues on the home campus to make sure they know of
the threats to the program. Often programs are reduced or eliminated
because there was no one there on campus who voiced significant
2. If open meetings or hearings are called to
discuss severe cuts or elimination of programs, make sure that
colleagues both around the home campus as well as at other area
colleges and universities are informed ahead of time. Sometimes a
strong show of support/opposition at such meetings can have an effect
(and at least it can't hurt!).
3. Email your local newspapers,
including your campus newspaper, as well as local TV stations, to make
sure the editors of the newsroom are aware of the threat to your
program. They may or may not be interested in covering the story, but
if you don't inform them, then they definitely won't be interested!
Email campus student organizations that would be concerned with or at
least interested in the threat to your program (language clubs,
international clubs, honor societies, etc.). Again, they may or may not
opt to get involved, but it's important to give them the option.
5. Post information and updates on the status of the threatened program on this AAUSC website (see Advocacy Forum
Set up an online petition detailing the threat to the program and the
timeline for action. Make sure your own contact info is in the
introduction so people can write to you about it. Send notices about
the petition to as many people as possible (see number 5).
Email information and updates on the status of the threatened program
to relevant email lists, and of course, directly to colleagues in your
region, or nationally in your field. See list of some mailing lists
under Contact Information and Links for Advocacy
. When you send
to these mailing lists, consider the following:
A. Be concise
and specific about what actions you would like colleagues to take, such
as sign an online petition (see petition site links under Contact
Information and Links for Advocacy), or write letters.
B. If you are asking
colleagues to write letters of protest, provide relevant contact
information of preferred recipients. These should include your
university president, dean, academic senate chair, chair of review
committees, etc. You may also wish to ask colleagues who help with a
letter-writing campaign to cc you, so you can gather all materials for
your own on-campus opposition.
C. Include a sample protest letter for colleagues, if appropriate.
When you email to colleagues through listservs, consider cc'ing
newspaper or other media, and/or local or state political officials.
8. Stay active! Send out updates on the situation to interested colleagues.