I am pained for Misericordia

I am pained by the actions of the Board and the administration. I am pained because these actions are an attack on the very faculty who go beyond their contractual responsibilities, especially during a pandemic, and an attack on the very values of academia: the exchange of free ideas in the pursuit of higher learning. These are the faculty who arrive early or stay late to meet students, who provide research opportunities for students to stretch their minds and office hours to soothe their souls, and who support their students even after they graduate. I am pained for the faculty who have sacrificed so much, and who the administration is willing to sacrifice so easily. I am pained for the students, whose education will suffer from these actions, not because the faculty will do any less for them, but because the administration has chosen to treat them as less than, to cheapen their education as they cheapen the institution itself. I am pained for Misericordia, for a university that represents excellent education imbued with a duty to serve others and improve the world we live in. I don’t know what version of Misericordia will remain after the wreckage of the Board and administration’s decision to suspend the awarding of tenure and the pending faculty layoffs, and that uncertain future pains me too. For an institution that espouses a mission based on the Mercy charisms and the spirit of Catherine McAuley, I see no mercy, service, justice, or hospitality in the actions taken by the Board and administration.

I am pained for the students, whose education will suffer from these actions, not because the faculty will do any less for them, but because the administration has chosen to treat them as less than, to cheapen their education as they cheapen the institution itself.

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