New York Post Features Dr. Robin J. Hayes and “Black and Cuba”

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“The discrimination has done “long-term” damage to her career and left her “humiliated,” reports The New York Post.

Dr. Robin J. Hayes

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 Cubais 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.

Support Dr. Hayes

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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.

  1. Share graphics from this link – http://bit.ly/SupportDrHayes – on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook with the hashtags #TheNewSchoolHate #SupportDrHayes Tag @TheNewSchool @davidvanzandt.
  2. Tell university president David Van Zandt to Stop The New School Hate and Support Dr. Hayes  dvz@newschool.edu  212-229-5656 
  3. Share this post with a friend.

You can read the complete lawsuit at http://progressivepupil.org/thenewschoolhate/.

When They Ask To Touch Your Hair, AGAIN

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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,

RJH PhD