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Meet the VP in Charge of Caucuses
Vice President for Diversity & Equity
Lynn Fujiwara is an associate professor in the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies whose research specializes in Asian American Studies and Women of Color feminisms. As an interdisciplinary researcher and scholar her work engages social policy, cultural formations, and coalitional resistant strategies.
She served as the department head of IRES from 2011-2016, was a founding member and co-chair of the Faculty and Staff of Color Coalition 2003-2008, and was a founding member and inaugural coordinator of the Women of Color project in the Center for the Study of Women in Society.
Lynn is concerned with the overall state of climate at the University of Oregon, and believes UA is an important organization to support faculty from marginalized communities and address issues of retention.
Balancing Work and Caregiving
Both the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) and United Academics of the University of Oregon (UA) have been advocating for caregivers in the University of Oregon community since the start of the pandemic. CSWS launched the Caregiver Campaign special project, advocating for greater flexibility and support in administrative policies, while UA developed a Caregiving article for collective bargaining this year. A video of this teach-in can be found below, on the CSWS website, or on UA’s Youtube page.
The UA Pride Caucus aims to foster connection and solidarity among faculty from across campus who care about workplace and social issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation. It also works to support a sense of community across campus and across employee classifications by organizing events with other queer employee associations. It was formed in spring 2016 at the 19th Street Cafe with some beers and good conversation.
Faculty of Color Caucus
The Faculty of Color Caucus seeks to build on the legacy of a faculty-led initiative from before the days of the UA, the Faculty and Staff of Color Coalition. The caucus understands its constituency expansively. It is a forum for faculty who care about issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity in the workplace and off campus. Members come together regularly throughout the year for social events and to share experiences, concerns, and advice.
Working Families Caucus
The Working Families Caucus formed in response to concerns about the University of Oregon’s family and parental leave policies, as well as other concerns of working family members, like childcare. As we approach another round of bargaining, participation in this caucus’s meetings will be vital for ensuring our union pushes for policies in the next contract that really meet the needs of our members.