Copy of email sent on 8/30/2017
DIRECT ACTION (details below): Please call CAPS at 805-893-4411 and ask for an appointment with Dr. Standford and ask when she will be back, email David Stamps about the call. Please post this information on social media #WhereisDrJeanee?
Dear union members,
It’s come to our attention that Dr. Jeanne Stanford, Clinical Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, has been put on administrative leave under unclear circumstances. The administration has thus far not been transparent about why Dr. Stanford has been put on leave, when she will return, or what criticisms are being lodged.
Please see the following letter from GSA President David Stamps:
Thank you for taking the time to read through this note. It is with a heavy heart that I reach out to you and ask you to join me in solidarity as we push for UCSB and the UCSB administration to answer a simple question, #WhereisDrJeanne?
Dr. Jeanne Stanford is the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at UCSB and at this moment she is not serving in this capacity and the university is not providing adequate transparency about Dr. Stanford’s place within CAPS specifically, and UCSB in general. We recently found out that she is on administrative leave but no reason has been shared and this action is to the detriment of the UCSB student body. Dr. Stanford is only one of the few staff members that brings an intersectional lived experience into CAPS. As a Black, Queer, Immigrant, Woman her presence and work allows for marginalized and underrepresented students to see themselves within CAPS. In addition, her presence allows for students to have access to counseling from someone who extends care and compassion within a safe space while also having encountering a friendly and familiar face.
As UCSB prepares to start a new academic year with some of its largest underrepresented students ever (i.e., the largest incoming Black cohort in years and over 32% first-generation students) it is imperative that students not only have resources such as CAPS available, but they must also see themselves within these spaces by persons who share similar experiences.
Dr. Stanford has been a part of the UCSB campus for over two decades and her presence means something to the student body. We want to know where she is and when she is coming back, now.
Starting Monday, August 28 we will collectively launch the campaign #WhereisDrJeannne and here is how you can help:
- Please share this letter far and wide and let students know about what is going on within CAPS at UCSB
- Visit CAPS and ask to make an appointment with Dr. Jeanne Stanford. If the front desk gives you any excuses ask: When will she be back? How soon can I make an appointment to see her? Why is she not here? When can I expect to see her again? AND most importantly, share the answers that they give you via social media with the hashtag #WhereisDrJeanne
- Please tell us how POC staff members at CAPS and specifically how Dr. Jeanne Stanford has supported you as a student at UCSB. You can send those emails directly to DavidStamps@umail.ucsb.edu
- We are trying to have 100 students visit CAPS this week and present this question, please help make this happen.
This is only the beginning of our campaign and we need your support! Continue to follow the hashtag #WhereisDrJeanne, stay in contact with whoever sent this email/letter to you and continue to send information to your network. We need one another and we must hold our university accountable.
We must lift one another up.
In unity, David
UAW 2865 will be paying close attention to how this unfolds. Please feel free to reach out to both us and CAPS to let us know how this affects you.