FAMCO Statement of Support for MU Black and African Diaspora Forum United (BADFU)
In the midst of the twin crises of COVID-19 and the plague of persistent racism that is so evident before us, FAMCO acknowledges the pain and anger expressed by our faculty, staff colleagues and students of color at Monmouth University.
We recognize that many among us are hurting in the wake of the recent racist violence, the police murders of black and brown people, the military attacks on racial justice protesters, and the latest news of racist social media attacks by members of the MU community.
As the Faculty Association of Monmouth University (FAMCO), we take the side of solidarity with our black and brown colleagues, students, and communities of color throughout the country; with all of our FAMCO members who are too often marginalized in the webs of systemic inequalities; and with all folks demanding decent livelihoods, to be free from illness, and for the basic right to live in safety and with human dignity.
In doing so, we pledge to continue the work of the FAMCO Diversity and Inclusion Committee and engage the University in immediate and long-term racial justice response planning. We welcome all of our members to join us in the necessary work to dismantle institutional, symbolic, and interpersonal racism at Monmouth University.
As part of that commitment, we affirm the recently-formed Black and African Diaspora Forum United (BADFU) at MU, an organization of Black/African American faculty, and their allies, that is particularly concerned with the challenges that Black and African Diaspora faculty, students, and staff face on our campus.
We commit to working together with BADFU as an organizational ally to identify and change institutional policies, practices, and procedures that perpetuate structural racism, and to increase participation, support, and power in all campus spaces for Black and African Diaspora faculty, students and staff.
The FAMCO Executive Committee
June 12, 2020
FAMCO – The Faculty Association of Monmouth University
The Faculty Association of Monmouth University is commonly called FAMCO, dating its name from its formation when Monmouth was a college.
FAMCO is a part of the AAUP and has been a major force in the development of professional standards and procedures at the University.
The association’s main responsibilities continue to be:
- negotiating agreements with the University that cover: salaries; benefits; procedures and standards for continuance; tenure and promotion; teaching loads; and service and scholarship requirements.
- protecting faculty members by providing interpretations of the Agreement and a grievance system.
- encouraging collegiality by holding open meetings, discussions, debates, and providing refreshments.
Monthly membership meetings are held from 2:45 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 16
- Wednesday, October 21
- Wednesday, November 18
- Wednesday, January 20
- Wednesday, February 17
- Wednesday, April 21
Why join the Union?
Because there is strength in numbers, and a strong union can …
- increase the power of faculty to bargain for better salaries, benefits, and working conditions;
- provide a powerful voice for faculty governance in university decision-making;
- protect academic freedom and ensure fair procedures for reappointment, tenure, and promotion;
- protect non-tenure track faculty against further shifts toward contingency;
- protect individual members through a formal contract grievance process;
- provide critical legal counsel on behalf of its interests in the grievance and negotiation process;
- increase our solidarity with our colleagues across campus employee unions to support equity for all;
- protect the dignity, autonomy, and status of the professoriate itself;
- push broadly for social justice in the face of troubling changes affecting higher education writ large.
The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good.
Executive Committee Members
June 1, 2019 – May 31, 2022
Graduate-Professional Faculty Rep
FAMCO Travel Coordinator
Wobbe F. Koning, MFA
Rebecca S. Hanly