To: Rebecca Blank, Chancellor of UW-Madison

Tell Chancellor Blank to Support Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab's Right to Free Speech!

The recent erasure of tenure in Wisconsin is an attack on our scholars. It has never been more important than ever to support their right to free speech and open inquiry.

Please retract your comments in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and publicly support Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab's right to free speech!

Why is this important?

Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab has come under fire for some innocuous comments she made to incoming Badgers on Twitter.

UW-Madison Chancellor Becky Blank said: "Any institution has its critics, and especially in social media, it's important to remember that the loudest voice usually isn't the most accurate."

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Reasons for signing

  • As I see it, there are two problems here. The first is the choice to censure Dr. Goldrick-Rab for something she does in fact have the right to do. The second is the choice to characterize her comments as "inaccurate." I'm sure it's embarrassing for UW-Madison that professors might want to let incoming students know that the state's elected officials are attempting to eviscerate the university, but the fact that it's embarrassing doesn't make it inaccurate. I'm proud to have earned a PhD from...
  • It is what it is.
  • The point of tenure is protection - hard earned academic freedom to share one's research with an open community at a public institution here in the state of Wisconsin. SGR's priorities and values have never faltered, she has never flip-flopped, and she continues to do the priceless community and legislative work she has always done. The comments made by the prospective UW-Madison students were far more indicative of their poor character, and the criticism of SGR is unprofessional on behalf of...

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