In March, doctoral students in philosophy and theology at Villanova University wrote to their administration seeking support in light of the economic effects of the COVID pandemic. Their request was acknowledged as received, but the semester is winding to a close and they’ve not yet heard much in response.
The students, who are on a 9-month salary, requested summer pay and a continuation of the $1000/year* health care stipend they recieve from the university in lieu of health insurance coverage. As summer approaches, they are worried about their precarious situation, and are calling on professors and students elsewhere to help them get the attention of the administration.
They are doing so via a “Statement of Solidarity” you can sign in support. At the time of this post it had close to 500 signatories:
The students are also circulating a series of testimonials about their past summer experiences as Villanova graduate students and their concerns about the upcoming summer.
* Initially this was mistakenly reported as a $1000/month health care stipend. My apologies for the error.