Dr. Priyanga Amarasekare
Please consider supporting Priyanga Amarasekare, a minority female faculty member at the University of California Los Angeles, who has been sanctioned by the UCLA Chancellor without clear and just cause. Since July 2022 she has had no livelihood, no health insurance, and no retirement benefits. She is months away from the foreclosure of her home, and she is struggling to support her two children.
The sanctions, which include a one-year suspension and a 20% salary reduction for two subsequent years, are typically reserved for the most egregious forms of misconduct such as scientific misconduct and Title IX violations, of which Professor Amarasekare is not guilty. UCLA has forbidden her to divulge the nature of the charges or the report of the Privilege and Tenure Hearing committee, which makes it impossible for her to demonstrate that the punishment is severely disproportionate. The secrecy surrounding the charges and the sanctions is destroying her reputation, jeopardizing her chances of obtaining employment elsewhere.
Even a small donation would greatly help Professor Amarasekare with her day-to-day expenses and health care needs.
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