Hampshire Colleges administrative problems have seen an up,as the College plans to accept a new class of first-years in spring 2020.
Hampshire College continues its grapple with serious internal administrative and financial issues. Hampshire’s dire financial situation sparked conversations about whether or not to admit a new class in Fall 2019.
BY MERYL PHAIR ’21
On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Hampshire College announced that nine employees from their admissions and advancement offices would be let go, effective April 19, 2019.
BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20
In light of recent events, the Hampshire College Board of Trustees released information regarding the admittance of a limited Fall 2019 class on Feb. 1. The Board voted to authorize the College to admit two distinct categories of applicants this fall: students who accepted Hampshire’s offer to enroll through Early Decision I and students who accepted Hampshire’s offer of admission last year but chose to take a gap year and defer their enrollment to Fall 2019. The Board also announced that Hampshire will not enroll any other applicants for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.
BY ELIZABETH LEWIS ’22
President Miriam Nelson of Hampshire College announced the school’s decision to seek out a long-term partner to ensure their financial sustainability on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Hampshire’s leadership is also “carefully considering whether to enroll an incoming class this fall,” according to the official statement released by their senior administration. Nelson insisted that while change is underfoot, Hampshire has no intention of closing its doors.
BY NICOLE VILLACRES '18
Hampshire College broke ground on the installation of 15,000 solar panels on Aug. 5, which will generate 100% of the school's electricity. The college will be the first residential college in the U.S. to run completely on solar energy.
BY CASSIEL MORONEY '19
Hampshire College hosted the 30th Civil Liberties & Public Policy program conference this weekend, titled “From Abortion Rights to Reproductive Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom.” Over 1,000 people attended the various workshops, meals, discussion groups, panels, exhibit tables, parties and plenaries organized from April 8 to 10.
The Civil Liberties & Public Policy program, which goes by CLPP, is 35 years old and based on Hampshire College campus. According to its mission statement, it is “dedicated to educating, mentoring, and inspiring new generations of advocates, leaders, and supporters.”
The program for the weekend included a private abortion speakout, closed and open discussion groups, an open mic, five time slots for workshops and a variety of evening programs. Workshop topics included economics, racism, rape culture, contraceptives, trans experiences, criminal justice, families, disability, art and quilting, amongst others. At certain workshops, attendees could perform Manual Vacuum Aspiration abortions on a papaya or view a gynecological assistant’s cervix.
Workshop attendees included professors, lecturers, educators, medical students, nurses, physicians, doulas, midwives and students from high school through graduate school. The majority were not from the Five College area, according to Marlene Gerber Fried, Hampshire College philosophy professor and faculty director of CLPP. There were approximately 170 speakers throughout the weekend and 1,100 attendees on Saturday afternoon. The CLPP conference is one of very few reproductive rights conferences and possibly the largest, said Fried.
“The purpose [of the conference] is to build a space and a community where we can talk about, actually have conversation and dialogue about reproductive justice as an idea, thinking about how we can [expand] it, thinking about what it is, because I don’t think that there are a lot of those spaces,” said Namrata Jacob, Hampshire division II student.
The event was about “bringing new people to the movement, making the movement more diverse, in every possible way — age, ethnicity, culture, class,” said Fried.
“CLPP is one of the most accessible conferences that I have ever been to,” Jacob added.
“It’s not geared towards academics, it’s really about making sure that we’re all coming in and ... meeting each other on the same level that we are and making sure that everyone is able to find a place in the movement. And I think that’s part of the important work that we do," said Fried.
Various measures were taken to ensure the diversity and accessibility that Jacob and Fried spoke of. Registration was free with a suggested donation, free childcare and meals were provided, and quiet as well as scent-safe seating was available. Spanish interpreters were available throughout the conference.
Arianna Berndt-Evans came all the way from Virginia to attend CLPP. “I came to this conference because ... it aligns with my interests in a way that stuff in the DC area doesn’t really,” she said. “This seemed like a very unique opportunity that I wouldn’t have had if I didn’t have this access to coming up here ... just the idea of being able to meet a bunch of different people who share my interests and can teach me about issues that aren’t really talked about as much in my area was really appealing to me.”
Hampshire College hosts the CLPP conference every April. During the remainder of the year, CLPP offers paid summer internships, a leadership and training network, support for student activism groups and academic classes at Hampshire.