WE ARE THE ORGANIZATION BRINGING YOU THE NARRATIVES BEING LEFT OUT BY THE SFAI BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND THE SFAI ADMINISTRATION @SFAIOFFICAL
We agree with the other demands made in the Immediate Needs for the SFAI Community petition currently circulating that has so far garnered over 1000 signatures:
1. No decisions at this point about the future of the school
2. No layoffs of the staff or faculty including adjunct faculty
3. Open up the board meetings
Unless the board allows actual representation for all stakeholders in further decisions involving the governess of SFAI, we do not see any possible future. SFAI will gain a reputation as being an institute that endangers its students. This outcome would be neither beneficial nor lucrative for any parties involved and has the potential to devastate the SFAI community. We should use our solutions and effectively form them into actions that can benefit the SFAI community as a whole.
The adjunct faculty teach a significant majority of classes at SFAI. The rigorous education embedded into he mission of the school is delivered by part-time instructors 75% of the time. We do it for low pay, no benefits, and with no official voice in school governance. Adjuncts' hard work, goodwill, and precarity have been exploited, instead of regarded as contributions.
Our case is only one of many of SFAI’s inequitable structural patterns. There are more. We know that structural changes are necessary conditions for a future SFAI, and inequities must be addressed before expecting the assistance of adjunct faculty and our extended network of supporters. The fault of SFAI lies not in some trend line of art school decline, but in long-standing failures by the Board and administration to make real alliances with all the stakeholders in the SFAI community.