According to a recent lawsuit, #MeritlessMary – Mary R. Watson a dean at The New School university in New York City – helped have a Black woman professor fired. Allegedly, the termination was in retaliation for reporting Watson’s racist actions. #MeritlessMary appears to be much less qualified as a professor than the Black woman, award-winning filmmaker and scholar Dr. Robin J. Hayes.
“The discrimination has done “long-term” damage to her career and left her “humiliated,” reports The New York Post.
The widely read New York City paper detailed Dr. Hayes’ discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against The New School. The legal action also targets as individuals some of the highest ranking officials at the university including: President David Van Zandt, Labor Relations VP Keila Tennent-DeCouteau, Provost Tim Marshall, Deputy Provost Bryna Sanger, and Executive Dean Mary Watson. Hayes, producer and director of the award-winning documentary Black and Cuba, is African American and openly lesbian.
“The New School only hired her as a token of diversity to stem complaints about its mostly white staff,” the article states.
Read the complete New York Post piece here.
Progressive Pupil announces its slate of prize-winning programming that promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion for the 2018-2019 academic year. Tackling timely issues ranging from mass incarceration to microaggressions, gender identity to first generation college grads, these cutting-edge workshops, trainings, screenings, and performances help campuses and organizations constructively engage in a variety of difficult dialogues. Each program has been curated by Dr. Robin J. Hayes, an Ivy League trained and internationally recognized scholar, and can be tailored to your organization’s needs.
Scroll through the catalogue here or download it below.
According to a new film short by Progressive Pupil released via social media, the university’s leadership refused to fire psychology Professor Emanuele Castano, despite receiving repeated complaints about his sexual misconduct. According to a lawsuit and report in the New York Post, a student alleged Castano raped her at least ten times.
In contrast, according to the video and a recent lawsuit filed by Progressive Pupil’s founder Dr. Robin J. Hayes, The New School’s provost Tim Marshall terminated Hayes after she reported enduring years of discrimination including unequal compensation, harassment, and breach of her contract.
Castano is a heterosexual White man. Hayes is a Queer Black woman.
See the video below.
PROGRESSIVE PUPIL FOUNDER DR. ROBIN J. HAYES
SUES FORMER EMPLOYER THE NEW SCHOOL
OVER BEING FIRED AFTER REPORTING DISCRIMINATION
AND BEING TOLD TO “DO LESS AROUND DIVERSITY”
While Robin was a tenure track professor at The New School, she directed the award-winning documentary Black and Cuba, produced the prize-winning play 9 GRAMS, and collaborated with community-based organizations throughout the US, Great Britain, and Germany. The lawsuit her attorneys filed today alleges the university’s senior leadership subjected Robin to years of harassment, disparate treatment, and inequitable compensation because of her race, gender, color and sexual orientation.
After she reported this discrimination to Human Resources, she was fired.
With this action, The New School destroyed Robin’s future prospects for tenure as well as her ability to teach and mentor students full time. Since Progressive Pupil was also headquartered at the university, the organization’s community engagement and creative work has been negatively impacted by the loss of office space and other administrative and academic support.
Unfortunately, Robin’s lawsuit is just the most recent in a string of discrimination allegations against the The New School. The New York Post reported that university administrators refused to investigate or fire a straight White male professor who was accused of repeatedly raping and kidnapping students. No, we’re not exaggerating. Recently via Twitter, an African American student claimed administrators at The New School pressured her to leave the university after she was attacked by white supremacists on campus.
The university claims to be a bastion for social justice and dissent, while its senior officials repeatedly refuse to address discrimination within its ranks.
This hypocrisy is The New School Hate. Don’t let them get away with it.
- Share graphics from this link – http://bit.ly/SupportDrHayes – on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook with the hashtags #TheNewSchoolHate #SupportDrHayes Tag @TheNewSchool @davidvanzandt.
- Tell university president David Van Zandt to Stop The New School Hate and Support Dr. Hayes email@example.com 212-229-5656
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You can read the complete lawsuit at http://progressivepupil.org/thenewschoolhate/.
Many of us women, people of color, and members of the LGBT+ community dread these first few days of the new year. The prospect of returning to campuses, nonprofits or companies where we are isolated, harassed, and blocked from success can be disheartening. In my own life, discrimination fanned the flames of doubt and shame I internalized through living in a society where I rarely saw anyone who looked like me-or loved like me-enjoy professional success.
If you’re steeling yourself against microaggressions, mansplaining, or other inappropriate discriminatory behavior, remember two things.
1. It’s Not You.
Discrimination is not something you can prevent with professional excellence, code switching expertise, or fitting into racial or gendered norms of behavior. It is driven solely by perpetrators’ allegiance to White supremacist, sexist and/or homophobic beliefs. (Whether that allegiance is subconscious is not your concern). Discrimination is illegal precisely because it has nothing to do with your actions.
2. You Are Not Alone.
Chances are you are not the only person at your campus or organization that desires a more inclusive atmosphere. To the extent that your feedback is solicited or you have decision-making authority about diversity-related programs, suggesting more trainings and cultural events might jumpstart the constructive conversations about equality and inclusion your organization needs.
I am hopeful for progress. The more we speak up, the swifter change will come. Happy New Year.
Yours in Solidarity,
The pioneering LGBT magazine The Advocate called 9 GRAMS “heartfelt and often humorous” in a glowing review of the play that appears in both its print and online publications. Writer David Artavia explains playwright Maisha Yearwood “has written a brutally honest and poignant one-woman play…putting on full display the ugly truth of what it means to be a targeted Black lesbian American traveling and living abroad.” Peep the full review here.
Go to 9GRAMS.com more information about the next performance of 9 GRAMS.
Progressive Pupil announces its programming line up for the 2017-2018 academic year. With the award-winning documentary Black and Cuba, prize-winning one-woman show 9 GRAMS (recently featured in The Advocate) and always thought provoking workshop Coping With Microaggressions; our programs contribute to learning at universities, nonprofits and corporations throughout the US and abroad.
Download catalogue .pdf here
It is so easy to focus on the negative right now. To endlessly repeat in our minds everything that is wrong, wrong, wrong about White supremacy, fascism and the deplorable people who hold those ideals dear. It has taken me a minute to quiet my own mind and gain some clarity.
The swastikas brandished in Charlottesville last weekend are no different than those placed in dormitories at The New School last November. The murder of ally Heather Heyer is along the same despicable lines as the killing of Black student Richard Collins on the University of Maryland’s campus. For some time now, White supremacist violence has been resurging. And that is terrifying. I am everything these people hate. So many of my loved ones are everything they want to disappear.
The good news is- as Nobel laureate Toni Morrison pointed out-this outbreak of hate is the quaking desperation of people who are losing. Losing ground. Losing support. Losing power. Even with champions in The White House.
The most important thing we can do now is to raise the already swelling tide of opposition to this latest iteration of fascism. A simple way to help is to invigorate dialogues in our communities that promote equality. Events such as diversity trainings or timely programs for Latino Heritage Month are proven to build compassion and acceptance.
Progressive Pupil offers workshops and programs that can help. If our work is not right for your school, place of worship, or company; please also consider the services of The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.
Don’t be alarmed. Be part of the solution.
Bigots can’t win.
Yours with Love and Solidarity,