Demand 12: GED Classes

via community letter, Nov. 11, 2015:

"We demand that there be a student led GED program or opening Emory classes to black workers at Emory (DUC, Cliff, Maintenance). We would like for workers to take classes at Emory but understand that they have limited break time and other restrictions due to their demanding, undercompensated and under-rewarded labor. We, from our own observations, do not like the mistreatment and exploitation of DUC/Cox workers, who are also forced to endure extreme discomfort. We demand that there is better treatment of the DUC/Cox workers and more comfortable conditions for them to work under."

Audrey Balan, Peter Barnes, Lynell Cadray, Sofia Charlot, Lynette Dixon, Michael Gadsden, Zachary Hermes, Del King*, Brandon Luton, Theresa Milazzo, Mekeshua North*, Judith Pannell, Alex Rogers, Oluwatisefunmi Taiwo, Chanel Tanner, Kadeem Trimble, Nathya Watson

*Social Justice Process Owner

Following last year’s retreat, the working group determined that Emory would not start a GED program for employees. The number of employees without a high school diploma is very low as Emory requires a high school diploma for employment. Additionally, Human Resources offers recommendations outside of Emory for employees interested in pursuing a GED. Onsite instruction existed in the past and participation was very low.

For more information about staff opportunities and development, see Demand 7.