RESPONDING TO SILENCE: WHY WE SIT-IN
Organizing for Survivors (O4S) began a sit-in within Dean Braun’s office on Tuesday, May 1st in response to a lack of a substantive response from the administration. Since then, it has expanded to Dean Miller’s office, as well. Both deans and Beth Pitts were invited on Thursday to come and speak to survivors; none came. In response, this photo series was made to give those sitting-in an opportunity to speak to them.
More of O4S' stories can be found here.
“Because a Quaker community should ensure the safety of ALL its members and, when it fails, prioritize the healing of survivors and the restoration of the community.”
“I sit-in because I don’t want the Class of 2022 to go through what I’ve gone through. #NotMyDeans”
“I sit-in because Swarthmore didn’t love me back (when I needed it the most).”
“Dear Liz Braun: You are the dean of students! Listen to the students! #NotOurDeans.”
“Dear Nathan Miller, if you cannot face us, then you do not deserve to be my class dean. You must resign.”
“You led me to believe you wanted justice for my friends. Instead you lied to my face and wasted my time. #ByeBethPitts.”
“Survivors should be listened to and supported, NOT ignored and mistreated.”
“As opposed to the deans, I understand the importance of supporting, listening and standing with survivors.”
“I sit-in because Dean Braun is on some bullshit. There is nothing more harmful & toxic than a dean of students who ignores the students.”
“Dear Liz Braun: We can’t ‘BARE’ your ‘WHITE’, RESIGN #NotOurDeans.”
“Because administrators should not be paid to IGNORE students.”
“I sit-in because O4S builds community while administration destroys it.”