Questions

We are asking tough and important questions about how UConn operates.

COVID-19

What does it mean when a university seeks to reopen in the midst of a global pandemic even when countless reopenings across the United States have proven to lead to more cases and more deaths? What does the UConn administration and Board of Trustees value more, lives or revenue? 

Why is the UConn Foundation refusing to offer transparency about our 460 million dollar endowment and its investments? Is there something to hide? Who benefits from denying transparency of these resources?

Why did the Foundation apply for a PPP loan for its 134 employees? Why won’t they disclose the exact amount of this loan? Why were their employees at risk for layoffs in the first place?

Why does UConn continue to invest resources in the UConn PD when students have made it plain and clear that the UConn PD has failed them again and again, and when students are demanding investment in mental health services?

Why did administrators continue to receive their full salaries while student workers earning $12/hour were furloughed and graduate assistants earning $25k/year received 25-50% cuts in annual salary? 

Why now is the UConn administration only cutting 5-10% from their exorbitant salaries?

Why is the University needlessly putting workers who actually have to be on campus, such as lab researchers, at risk by reopening residence halls for students who will be taking most of their classes online, anyways?

Why, this past spring, was UConn seeking to hire more officers for their $18 million-a-year police department while student workers were being furloughed? 

Why did President Katsouleas consult, as he said during a town hall, “most of all” with the Board of Trustees when it comes to reopening the campus? Why are you not consulting most with the students and workers who make this campus what it is?

Why have student workers been laid off and some graduate assistants given cuts; why have faculty been asked to take 12 furlough days and forgo their contractual raises while the UConn admin volunteers meager and merely symbolic cuts to their own exorbitant, and quite frankly, parasitic salaries? Moreover, why is the University hiring a third Vice Provost amidst its own reported budgetary concerns?

If this university values diversity, equity, and inclusion, why does it continue to invest in violent and racist institutions such as police, prisons, and the U.S. military?

Why do the highest paid among us get to make all the final decisions about budget cuts? Why do cuts have to be disproportionately imposed on those who will be most affected by loss of income rather than those who will be least affected?

Why is a university that claims to value diversity, inclusion, and equity, taking actions that negatively impact the most vulnerable among us, such as international students, students of color, impoverished students, and first-generation students?

Who benefits most from the current mode of operations in the university? Who benefits the least and why?

Asking what we as individuals can do to respond to a crisis is the wrong question. Instead we should dare to ask: how can we collectively restructure our institution of higher education in ways that guarantee the safety, wellbeing, and incorporation of each of its members?