From the News column in the May 2001 Perspectives
Campus Equity Week to Be Launched
AHA Staff, May 2001
Campus Equity Week is an international week of coordinated actions focused on the issues of part-time and contract faculty. The week, planned for October 28–November 3, 2001, is designed to educate, stimulate local organizing, and raise the issue nationally and locally in media and policy circles. Much of what actually takes place will be up to the local area. On most campuses, administrations are expected to be addressed, and in a few places legislatures; but faculty and students will be the primary audience. Equity Week was initiated at the COCAL IV conference in San Jose during January 2001. A provisional steering committee is in formation and funding is being sought. A packet of materials for the week will be produced by the committee and distributed by a network of regional coordinators. At present the steering committee has both individual faculty and members representing local chapters of the American Association of University Professors, American Federation of Teachers, CAUT, California Part-Time Faculty Association (CPFA), Concordia University Part-Time Faculty Association (CUPFA), CWA and the National Educational Association.
The Equity Week has been endorsed by the following organizations: AAUP National Committee on Part-time and Nontenure-Track Appointments, CPFA, National Alliance for Fair Employment, University of California Council of the AFT Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL) Conference on College Composition and Communication (4C's), and CUPFA.