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Tuition Refunds

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Petition to ArtCenter College of Design

ArtCenter Students Demand End Racism on Campus or We Go on Tuition Strike

NOTE* If you are trying to donate to our cause, do NOT do it through Change . Org, because the money they ask for donations does not go to us or our organizing group. Within the past decade, we have voiced our concerns, had discussions about oppression, and created specific events to deconstruct institutional trauma. Yet the school continues to perpetuate systemic injustices while whitewashing our pedagogy, curriculum, and classrooms. You have implemented ZERO changes that students, faculty, staff and alumni have suggested. ArtCenter administration’s inability to provide effective action through sustainable short- or long-term initiatives shows complacency in dismantling white supremacy, racism and anti-Blackness within the institution. We Publicly DEMAND the Following:1. Make a Commitment to Anti-racist Practices2. Title IX Empowerment and Zero Tolerance Policy3. Create an Equitable Environment4. Land Acknowledgment and Reparations5. Affordable Tuition6. Cancel the Master Plan and Restructure It7. Dismiss President Lorne BuchmanA failure to meet every demand will result in a publicized tuition strike starting Fall 2020 that will last until every demand is fully and transparently in effect.This is addressed specifically to the ArtCenter College of Design Board of Trustees: Jeffrey BarbakowRonald BennisonLorne BuchmanWesley ColemanClarence Daniels Jr.Robert Davidson Jr.Michelle Gadsden-WilliamsTom GilmoreJeffrey GlassmanWilliam GrossSu Matthews-HaleBruce HeavinLinda HillSteven HitterTimothy KobeTerri KohlMelissa LoraSamuel MannDavid MartinPeter MullinCharles NearburgIvy RossMichele RuizJeff SalazarZachary SnyderReiner TriltschMichael WarsawAlyce De Roulet-WilliamsonVisit antiracistclassroom.comRead the Full Demand LetterPress Release Package Follow us on IG and twitter to keep up to date for next steps. #ACCDwedemand #ACCDracist #antiracistclassroom #ArtCenterWithout #blackatACCD  

Antiracist Classroom
1,527 supporters
This petition won 4 days ago

Petition to Vermont State Senate, Vermont State House, Bernie Sanders, Patrick J. Leahy, Peter Welch, Phil Scott, Alison Clarkson, Peter D. Anthony, Selene Colburn, Barbara Rachelson, Jill Krowinski, Marcia Lawrence Gardner, Anthony Pollina, Brian Collamore, Catherine "Kitty" Toll, Christopher A Pearson, Debbie Ingram, Phil Baruth, Sarah Copeland Hanzas, Tim Ashe, Becca Balint, Diana Gonzalez, Dick Sears, Jr., Jeanette K. White, John Rodgers, Sam Young, Carol Ode, Charlie Kimbell, Vermont State College Board of Trustees, Jeb Spaulding

Securing the Future of the Vermont State Colleges

As we move forward through the COVID-19 crisis we are seeing more and more businesses and communities being impacted negatively by this. The Vermont State Colleges System is no exception to this! This is the true test of the colleges within the system financially. Each of the four institutions that comprise the VSCS is key to the communities they surround and play an important role in the Vermont economy. Without them, this could cause irreversible damage to local economies within the state. Today we are asking for your support to pressure the Governor’s office as well as the State Legislature to give the State College System the financial support that it critically needs and deserves. The system is facing a deficit upwards of $8.5 Million for this year, which will have real and damaging implications. We are proposing that the state give the system enough money to compensate for the deficit and increase the yearly state appropriation from covering only 18% of the system’s cost to requesting an additional $25 million on top of the current appropriation. The system has been long plagued by state appropriation shortfalls from the state which has led the schools to struggle.  Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, Castleton University, Vermont Tech, and Community College of Vermont employ over 1,800 people in every county across the state and provides an education to over 11,000 students, 83% of whom are Vermont residents. Reviving the VSCS is key in reviving rural Vermont and providing not only Vermonters but people from all over this country with the essential skills needed in today’s economy. Northern Vermont University alone contributes about $113 million to the economy. Downsizing even one campus will have significant and long-term impacts on the surrounding communities.   A little about myself. My name is Patrick Wickstrom and I currently attend Northern Vermont University - Lyndon studying both Atmospheric and Climate Change Science. I also serve as the Financial Controller for our Student Government Association, am a Resident Assistant, captain of the Men’s Tennis Team, and a very active member of this campus and its community. My story starts at a young age when I learned I had a passion for weather and growing up in North Texas with our severe weather only grew that passion. When I was about 11 or 12 years old, I learned about a school called Lyndon State College, now Northern Vermont University, and fell in love with it. It was always my dream to attend Lyndon because of the quality of its Atmospheric Sciences Department. As it came time to apply to college, I only applied to one school, Lyndon. I could’ve applied and gone to Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of Louisiana Monroe, but instead, I chose Lyndon. I knew that going to a smaller school far from home was the right choice for me. When I finally arrived in January of 2019, it was everything I thought it would be. I have made some of the best friends of my life, made connections with faculty and staff that I wouldn’t have elsewhere, and been given opportunities of a lifetime.  I even stayed in the summer of 2019 to work at Mountainview Country Club because I fell in love with the state of Vermont so much. Going to school at NVU - Lyndon has been the best decision of my life and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. Supporting our school and the VSC helps students like me reach their goals and brings people to the great state of Vermont, which helps support its economy.

Patrick Wickstrom
47,809 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to The University of Maryland

Reduce UMD Student Fees and Tuition for the Remainder of the COVID-19 Pandemic!

It is unacceptable for students to pay for resources they do not have access to. Currently, University of Maryland students are being overcharged for their online educational experience and for services they are less able to utilize. We require a continued review and reduction, for all students, of tuition and fees for the remainder of the COVID-19 global pandemic. As we do not know when this pandemic will end, we need a comprehensive plan that adjusts prices justly.  #LowerUniFees #NoResourceNoFee  Students should not pay for resources that they do not have access to. It is never the burden nor responsibility of students to supplement the financial insecurities of their higher education institutions, particularly during a global pandemic. Higher Education is already unaffordable for most students with student loan debt totaling over 1.7 trillion nationally.  Currently, University of Maryland students are being charged fees for services they are not able to utilize due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. Students will not be able to receive the same academic and educational experience as before the pandemic started, yet it is proposed that we are to pay the same costs.  As the school found it necessary to refund students the cost of unused resources during the Spring of 2020 and the initial outbreak of the pandemic, the school should remain committed to its scholars by not requiring the cost of unused resources - particularly as the pandemic has increasingly placed pressure, financial and otherwise, on students. Tuition rates should also be considered for reduction. UMBC reduced tuition by 22% as well as other noted tuition reductions from DMV area schools and around the nation. We are not receiving the same experience as in-person learning and the price should reflect that accordingly.  The University should lean on donors, the federal government, savings, and other revenue streams during this time to supplement the needs of the institution. Students are not who institutions should turn to for extracting funds, especially if not providing services that match the request. We require a review and lowered adjustment of fees for the remainder of the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Sign the petition today and contact UMD Leadership for further action:  Office of the President Vice Presidents Fees to be reviewed and refunded to students (Based on Spring 2020 COVID-19 fee refunds): Shuttle Bus Athletics Recreation Services Stamp Student Union Performing Arts and Cultural Centers Student Facilities Sustainability Housing Dining  Parking What we know: COVID-19 has caused an overall unemployment rate of 11.1% COVID has negative implications for mental health which students already deal with at high rates  Students must now bear paying additional fees and tuition for resources that we will not have access to. Despite knowing the effects of COVID-19 our current leadership has not deemed it fit for us to receive a refund for the services not available to us Students are experiencing unprecedented changes to the educational experience, including in some cases exclusively online instruction International students have deportation concerns  Across Universities, students face the same struggles as the average person and more during this time Some students must choose between homelessness and education Civil unrest in the nation is still occurring 

Callie Struby
2,584 supporters