I am a signatory of the Covid-19 Academic Solidarity Statement, which calls on universities to protect the lives and livelihoods of its contingent academic workers. Please consider adding your name.
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Many thanks for this kind invitation to speak on your campus. I am a signatory of the Covid-19 Academic Solidarity Statement, which calls on universities to protect the lives and livelihoods of its contingent academic workers, including non-tenure track (NTT) teachers and graduate students.
Signatories to the statement further pledge not to accept speaking invitations during the 2020-21 academic year at institutions that have extended tenure clocks for their tenure-track faculty, but have not similarly extended contracts for all currently employed NTT teachers and graduate students. As set out in the statement, we feel that a failure of institutions to do so violates a basic principle of equity amongst academic colleagues, and will further entrench already existing inequalities within the university. [Institution] has been identified as one of the institutions that, so far, has not extended contracts for its NTT staff and/or graduate students. As such, it is covered by the terms of the statement's pledge. I am thus sorry to say that I must decline your invitation. I do hope you will pass on my reasons to administrators at your university.